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Minot, Stephen

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(1927-2010) US academic and author whose Chill of Dusk (1964) is a Ruined Earth tale set a several decades after a nuclear Holocaust, in a small Maine community increasing beset by invading barbarians, including a tribe of sun worshippers (see Religion) who sacrifice the protagonist's daughter. His attempts to preserve the records of prewar civilization, and the values that created that civilization are doomed. The previous world is no longer remembered. There will be no dawn. In Surviving the Flood (1981), which is fantasy, is a revisionist version of what happened on the Biblical Ark, as told by Ham, Noah's youngest son. [JC]

Stephen Minot

born Boston, Massachusetts: 27 May 1927

died Riverside, California: 1 December 2010


  • Chill of Dusk (Garden City, New York: Doubleday and Company, 1964) [hb/Janet Foster]
  • Surviving the Flood (New York: Atheneum, 1981) [hb/from a medieval German woodcut]


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