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Narlikar, Jayant V

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

(1938-    ) Indian mathematician and astrophysicist who was tutored by and was eventually a colleague of Sir Fred Hoyle, with whom he developed what became known as the Hoyle-Narlikar theory of Gravity in what termed out to be a doomed effort to reconcile the physics of gravity with the steady-state model of the universe – as opposed to the Big Bang theory (see Cosmology) now more or less universally accepted – that he adhered to in agreement with Hoyle. His convictions have inspired a number of nonfiction titles (not listed below). Of his many sf novels, mostly written in Marathi, most remain untranslated into English. The Return of Vaman: A Science Fiction Novel (1988) combines a rendering of AI intelligence with elements of the Transcendent; The Message from Aristarchus: A Science Fiction Novel (1992) similarly subjects sf topoi to arguments, sometimes didactic, about the meaning of the universe. [JC]

Jayant Vishnu Narlikar

born Kollhapur, Maharashtra, India: 19 July 1938


We do not list translations into Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Telugu, etc.

  • Preshit ["The One Who Was Sent"] (Bombay, India: Mauj Printing Bureau, 1983) [in Marathi: binding unknown/]
  • Vaman Para Na Ala ["Vaman Did Not Return"] (Bombay, India: Mauj Printing Bureau, 1986) [in Marathi: binding unknown/]
  • Agantuk ["The Guest"] (Delhi, India: Rajpal and Sons, 1988) [in Hindi: binding unknown/]
  • The Return of Vaman: A Science Fiction Novel (Delhi, India: Ravi Dayal Publisher, 1988) [binding unknown/]
  • The Message from Aristarchus: A Science Fiction Novel (New Delhi, India: Clarion Books, 1992) [binding unknown/]
  • Antaralatil Sphot (Delhi: Sahitya Akademi, 1992) [in Marathi: binding unknown/]
    • The Cosmic Explosion (Delhi: Sahitya Akademi, 1992) [trans by Sujata Godbole of the above: binding unknown/]
  • Time Machinechi Kimaya ["Miracle of the Time Machine"] (Pune, India: Srividya Prakashan, 1994) [in Marathi: binding unknown/]
  • Virus (Bombay, India: Mauj Prakashan Griha, 1996) [in Marathi: binding unknown/]
    • Virus (Delhi, India: Scholastic India Pvt, 2003) [in Marathi? may be a revised edition: binding unknown/]
  • Abhayaranya ["Sanctuary"] (Mumbai, India: Mouj Prakashan Griha, 2002) [in Marathi: binding unknown/]
  • Suryacha Prakop ["When the Sun Got Angry"] (Pune, India: Shrividya Prakashan, 2008) [in Marathi: binding unknown/]


  • Yakshanchi Denagi ["The Gift of the Yakshas"] (Bombay, India: Mauj Printing Bureau, 1979) [coll: in Marathi: binding unknown/]
  • Antaralatala Bhasmasur ["Bhasmasur in Space"] (Pune, India: Shrividya Prakashan, 1985) [coll: in Marathi: binding unknown/]
  • Tales of the Future (Delhi, India: Witness Books, 2005) [coll: binding unknown/]


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