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Pressfield, Steven

Entry updated 29 October 2021. Tagged: Author.

(1943-    ) Trinidad-born screenwriter and author, in US from early childhood; of his several screenplays, those filmed include King Kong Lives (1986) directed by John Guillermin, a Monster film; and Freejack (1992), which is sf. His first novel, The Legend of Bagger Vance: A Novel of Golf and the Game of Life (1995), which was unsuccessfully filmed as The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000) directed by Robert Redford, hints at a supernatural structuring of the golf match that climaxes it. He then concentrated on historical novels, though Last of the Amazons (2002) features Theseus and the eponymous female warriors. The Profession (2011) is a Near Future Military SF tale set mostly in the middle east, and revolving around the control of oil production. In 36 Righteous Men (2019), the kind of mythological underpinning of story that informed The Legend of Bagger Vance here shapes a Near Future thriller whose protagonist discovers that the fulfilment of an ancient Jewish legend – that as long as at least one of the world's thirty-six righteous men still lives, then God will not destroy us – threatens the End of the World. The action is vivid. [JC]

Steven Pressfield

born Port of Spain, Trinidad, British West Indies: September 1943

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