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Rohmer, Richard H

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

(1924-    ) Canadian soldier (retired with the rank of Major-General), lawyer and author whose novels almost invariably express a sense of fragile Paranoia about the political and economic prospects for his native land, thinly stretched as it is along the American border. The Robert Porter sequence comprising Ultimatum (1973) and Exxoneration (1974) deals directly with Canadian-US conflicts in a Near-Future frame, as America attempts to force Canada to provide it with the oil it needs to survive; the Joseph Roussel sequence, comprising Exodus UK (1975) and Separation (1976; rev vt Separation Two 1981), describes a forced emigration from the UK (because oil supplies are diminishing), then turns inward to express a similarly uneasy paranoia about separatism; the President John Hansen sequence, comprising Balls! (1979), Periscope Red (1980) and Triad (1981), deals worriedly with similar material; as do Retaliation (1982) and Starmageddon (1986). [JC]

Major-General Richard Heath Rohmer

born Hamilton, Ontario: 24 January 1924



Robert Porter

  • Ultimatum (Toronto, Ontario: Clarke, Irwin, 1973) [Robert Porter: hb/uncredited]
  • Exxoneration (Toronto, Ontario: McClelland and Stewart, 1974) [Robert Porter: hb/uncredited]
  • Ultimatum 2 (Toronto, Ontario: Dundurn Press, 2007) [Robert Porter: pb/uncredited]

Joseph Roussel

  • Exodus UK (Toronto, Ontario: McClelland and Stewart, 1975) [Joseph Roussel: hb/]
  • Separation (Toronto, Ontario: McClelland and Stewart, 1976) [Joseph Roussel: hb/Michael van Elsen]
    • Separation Two (Markham, Ontario: Paperjacks, 1981) [rev vt of the above: Joseph Roussel: pb/uncredited]

President John Hansen

  • Balls! (Toronto, Ontario: General Publishing, 1979) [President John Hansen: hb/John Lightfoot]
  • Periscope Red (Toronto, Ontario: General Publishing, 1980) [President John Hansen: hb/John Lightfoot]
  • Triad (Toronto, Ontario: General Publishing, 1981) [President John Hansen: hb/William C Read]

individual titles

  • Retaliation (Toronto, Ontario: General Publishing, 1982) [hb/Henry Dunsmore]
  • Starmageddon (Toronto, Ontario: Irwin Publishing, 1986) [hb/Peter Mossman]
  • Death by Deficit (Toronto, Ontario: Stoddart, 1995) [hb/James Ireland, Clive Blewchamp and Jim Allen]


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