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Savage, Richard

Entry updated 9 October 2020. Tagged: Author.

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Pseudonym of UK author Ivan Roe (1917-1976) for his thrillers – including The Horrible Hat (1949), in which a psychoanalyst/detective explains strange manifestations – and his sf novel, When the Moon Died: A Modern Novel of Science and Imagination (1955), whose telling involves an exceedingly complicated frame: far-future Aliens visit a dead Earth to listen to a tape whose long-dead narrator has discovered how, long before, a nuclear Holocaust was prevented by Scientists who destroyed the Moon but subsequently established a totalitarian Dystopia. The aliens never do work out why Earth is now bereft of life. Under his own name Roe wrote some non-genre novels, including The Salamander Touch (1952), in which an atomic scientist disappears with difficult consequences. [JC/PN]

Ivan George William Roe

born London: 12 November 1917 [birth record in 1939 Register wrongly gives 1913]

died Hounslow, London: December 1976

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