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Mead, Harold

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(1910-1997) Indian-born author, in the UK from an early age. The first and better known of his sf novels, The Bright Phoenix (1955), is a sombrely told Ruined Earth tale in which a reestablished but over-regimented Utopian culture tries unsuccessfully to reinhabit abandoned parts of the Earth; it ends a little sentimentally with a Second Coming. The other, Mary's Country (1957), tells of the quest of a group of children – most of whose social peers have been killed by in a Pandemic (see Disaster) – for a perfect society. [JC]

Harold Charles Hugh Mead

born Ootacamund, Travancore, India: 25 September 1910

died London: 2 September 1997


  • The Bright Phoenix (London: Michael Joseph, 1955) [in the publisher's Novels of Tomorrow series: hb/Richard Barton]
  • Mary's Country (London: Michael Joseph, 1957) [hb/]


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