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Maynard, Richard

Entry updated 26 October 2021. Tagged: Author.

(1926-    ) UK-born author, resident in Australia, whose The Coconut Book (1985), about a man stranded on an Island, is of some interest. The Quiet Place (1988; vt The Return 1988) rather overcomplicatedly describes the long hegira of a group of astronauts who, due to time dilation (see Relativity), find a Ruined Earth landscape on their return, and that the surviving inhabitants have reverted to savagery after the Disaster – a youth drug, based on a contraceptive ingredient, that made the human race almost entirely sterile – that ended civilization. The astronauts' attempt to relaunch civilization in England comes a cropper over issues of Sex and human nature. [JC]

Richard John Maynard

born 1926

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