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Mooney, Ted

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Working name of US author Edward Mooney (1951-    ), 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, 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 has 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. [PN]

Edward Mooney

born Dallas, Texas: 19 October 1951



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