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Magnason, Andri Snær

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

(1973-    ) Icelandic playwright, poet and author of a children's fantasy, Sagan af bláa hnettinum ["The Story of the Blue Planet"] (1999), and of Lovestar (2002; trans Victoria Cribb as LoveStar 2012), a surreal sf tale set in an exaggerated Near Future world where every possible Information-Technology-based application is hugely more powerful than now, every Invention coming from a the eponymous entrepreneur. His initial creation is an invisible web of angel-like flying creatures that knits all sentient creatures into an information-dense harmony (see Information Theory); further inventions seem to take the form of omnipotent apps: one which finds guaranteed mates for humans; another which electronifies Death into a light-show; a third which inexorably commands any human being to long for (and to buy) any advertised product. The decade between original publication and English-language release only makes the tale more timely. [JC]

see also: Philip K Dick Award.

Andri Snær Magnason

born Reykjavik, Iceland: 14 July 1973

works (selected)

  • Sagan af bláa hnettinum ["The Story of the Blue Planet"] (Reykjavik, Iceland: Mál og Menning, 1999) [binding unknown/]
  • Lovestar (Reykjavik, Iceland: Mál og Menning, 2002) [hb/]
    • LoveStar: A Novel (New York: Seven Stories Press, 2012) [trans by Victoria Cribb of the above: pb/]
  • Timakistan (Reykjavik, Iceland: Forlagid, 2013) [binding unknown/]
    • The Casket of Time (New York: Restless Books, 2019) [trans by Björg Arnadóttir & Andrew Cauthery of the above: hb/Katla Rós & Ragnar Már]


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