Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.
(? - ) US author whose two novels interweave sf motifs and topoi and Tall-Tale confabulation into renderings of twenty-first century Fantastika at perhaps its most effective: abrupt clashing recognitions of the world being a central characteristic of this broad category of fiction [for Tall Tales see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. In his first, Fat Man and Little Boy (2014), the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki are reincarnated or reiterated as two brothers, Fat Man and Little Boy; their hegira through the world after they were dropped provides an allegory-clear (but in the end savingly complex) narrative of what Homo sapiens has become. A prophetic dream shared by the entire human race inspires the two protagonists of Drowning Practice (2022) to embark – like the protagonists of the earlier tale – on a kind of road trip, during which they hope to learn how to die properly: for the shared dream has told everyone that the End of the World is due on the next 1 November, at which point everyone will drown. [JC]
- Fat Man and Little Boy (New York: Black Balloon Publishing, 2014) [pb/]
- Drowning Practice (New York: HarperCollins/Ecco, 2022) [hb/]
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