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Mason, Anita

Entry updated 7 November 2020. Tagged: Author.

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(1942-2020) UK author whose second novel, The Illusionist (1983), is a literary fantasy centred on the magician/magus Simon Magus. Her sf novel, The War against Chaos (1988), also intensely literary in demeanour (see Mainstream Writers of SF), posits a Near-Future City in an unnamed (but very UK-like) Dystopia dominated by Orwellian thought-control and savage divisions between precarious Haves and Goyaesque Have-Nots, who live in a surreal stygian blackness very much like Hell. The female ace in Angel (1994; vt Reich Angel 1994) is not only the top test pilot for the Nazi air force, but also pilots a V-1 Rocket as World War Two reaches its climax, tours the Russian Front, and witnesses the suicide of Adolf Hitler before escaping Berlin by air. [JC]

Anita Frances Mason

born Bristol, England: 30 July 1942

died Bristol, England: 8 September 2020


  • The Illusionist (London: Hamish Hamilton, 1983) [hb/Mon Mohan]
  • The War against Chaos (London: Hamish Hamilton, 1988) [hb/Craig Dodd]
  • Angel (London: Hamish Hamilton, 1994) [hb/]
    • Reich Angel (New York: Soho Press, 1994) [vt of the above: in the Hera Series: hb/]


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