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Rimmer, Robert H

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(1917-2001) US author who became famous with the Harrad sequence beginning with the nonfantastic The Harrad Experiment (1966), notable for its impassioned advocacy of Sex seen as almost always beneficial and liberating, regardless of the sexual orientation and number of partners involved; he also advocated less restrictive definitions of marriage, causing some of his readers in the sf field to associate his advocacies with those articulated by Robert A Heinlein in Stranger in a Strange Land (1961). The sequel to this tale, The Premar Experiments (1975), edges into the Near Future, where some of the dreamwork in the first volume is made actual. Rimmer's other work of direct sf interest includes The Rebellion of Yale Marratt (1964), an examination of bigamy edging into the fantastic; The Zolotov Affair (1967), a kind of caper whose male protagonist's Invention, of a formula that changes lead into gold, cannot win out against zany sex; Proposition 31 (1968), which features a Near Future California referendum to give polyandry legal sanction; Love Me Tomorrow (1978), set in the 1990s where a "people's capitalism" revolutionizes sexual relations, creating an "achievable" Utopia inspired by Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward (1888); and The Resurrection of Ann Hutchinson (1987), in which an early Feminist is reincarnated in the twentieth century. [JC]

Robert Henry Rimmer

born Dorchester, Massachusetts: 14 March 1917

died Quincy, Massachusetts: 1 August 2001




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