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Malme, Arvid

Entry updated 20 November 2023. Tagged: Author.

(1943-1993) Norwegian teacher, painter and author. His first published sf story "Lampen lyser for deg" ["The Lamp Shines For You"] (1972 Science Fiction Magasinet #3-#4; see Nova – Fantastiske Fortellinger) was followed by works in Nova included in his only book of genre interest Dakrons bok: Boschiana ["The Book of Dakron: Boshiana"] (coll 1978). The storyteller is visiting the studio of the painter Hieronymus Bosch (1450-1516), where he is going through a fictitious manuscript allegedly written by Bosch. A mixture of modernist poems, surrealist texts and stories such as "Aquarius" and "Steelway" are not easily accessed. "Ingenstedsmann fra Ingenstedsland" ["Nowhere Man From Nowhere Land"], "Sodoma and Gomorrah", "Angel John" and "Sultad's Theory" are religious allegories. "Da Arti ble fri" ["When Arti Was Released"], "Stevnemøte I Slottsparken" ["A Date in the Park of the King's Castle"] and "Et hull er et hull" ["A Hole is a Hole"] are fulfilled, showing Malme's subtle sense of Humour. In many respects this book represents the quintessence of Norwegian New Wave sf from the 1970s. His later works were non-genre poems. [CPe]

Arvid Malme

born Asker, Norway: 3 July 1943

died Sandefjord, Norway: 29 January 1993

works (selected)


  • Dakrons bok: Boschiana ["The Book of Dakron: Bochiana"] (Oslo, Norway: Gyldendal Norsk, 1978) [coll: in the publisher's Lanterne Science Fiction series: pb/Peter Haars]

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