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River, Uncle

Entry updated 14 September 2021. Tagged: Author.

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Pseudonym of US author Stephen Kaufman (1947-    ), relatively little of whose copious output is of direct sf interest – though his first novel, Thunder Mountain (1996), which is Equipoisal between sf and a regional New-Mexico-style magic realism, interestingly opposes the underlying mythopoeic dream-vision truths of the land itself – a government-sustained enclave of only apparently autonomous life in the West of America – and a Near Future attempt to impose an environmentally disastrous, full-scale Dystopia. The good guys, as in some of the later, more sentimental novels of Western guerrilla protest by Edward Abbey, win. Camp Desolation and an Eschatology of Salt (2009) and King Freedom (2011) have similar strengths and weaknesses; Counting Tadpoles (coll 2009) begins to assemble the author's wide-ranging shorter fiction. [JC]

Stephen Kaufman

born 1947

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