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MacTyre, Paul

Entry updated 3 November 2020. Tagged: Author.

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Pseudonym of Scottish author and historian Robin James Adam (1924-1999), for 40 years a lecturer in medieval history at St Andrews University. His best-known novel is his first, Midge (1962; vt Doomsday, 1999 1963), a literate Post-Holocaust story in which a new form of life threatens to take over from the remnants of outmoded, destructive humanity. Further novels are the John Buchan-like Fish on a Hook (1963) and Bar Sinister (1964), the bar of the title representing a borderline-sf Communications technology. [JC]

Robin James Adam

born Applegarth, Dumfriesshire, Scotland: 1924

died July 1999


  • Midge (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1962) [hb/Michael Harvey]
  • Fish on a Hook (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1963) [hb/Barbara Walton]
  • Bar Sinister (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1964) [hb/Barbara Walton]


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