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Phelps, Gilbert

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(1915-1993) UK broadcaster and author who spent much of his career in the BBC, as a radio producer and in other roles between 1945 and 1960. His first story, "I Have Lived a Hundred Years" in The Faber Book of West Country Stories (anth 1951), prefigured the thematic material of his first sf novel, The Centenarians (1958), whose protagonists attempt – in the end unsuccessfully – to translate their eminence in the arts and sciences into lives safely prolonged beyond World War Three. The Winter People (1963), a very late example of the Lost-Race tale, describes a tribe in the Andes which has survived at peace for centuries through hibernation and other adaptations to extreme circumstances, including progress. Tenants of the House (1971) is a good-tempered Fabulation in which a labyrinthine house and its landlord are conflated. [JC]

see also: Anthropology.

Gilbert Henry Phelps Jr

born Gloucester, Gloucestershire: 3 January 1915

died Finstock, Oxfordshire: 15 June 1993



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