Entry updated 31 March 2022. Tagged: Author.
Working name of US author Edward Mooney (1951-2022), whose remarkable first novel, published as a Mainstream work, is sf: Easy Travel to Other Planets (1981). Set on a Near-Future Earth against a backdrop of global "information sickness" (a term which Mooney seems here to have coined), War in the Antarctic and a new emotion nobody has ever felt before, it tells a love story – with visionary ramifications – concerning a woman marine biologist and the dolphin on whom she conducts experiments in Linguistics. It has been seen as a proto-Cyberpunk work, but its cool, pellucid, dissecting style – perhaps influenced by J G Ballard – is far removed from the hectic insistence that characterized much of that school.
Mooney's second sf book was the Alternate-History novel Traffic and Laughter (1990), set in the Near Future of an Earth where World War Two was inconclusive and nuclear power never developed, with Los Angeles in flames that cannot be doused (see California; Climate Change). [PN]
born Dallas, Texas: 19 October 1951
died 22 March 2022
- Easy Travel to Other Planets (New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 1981) [hb/from David Hockney]
- Traffic and Laughter (New York: Alfred A Knopf, 1990) [hb/Peter Alexander]
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