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Setlowe, Richard

Entry updated 12 August 2018. Tagged: Author.

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(1933-    ) US naval officer and author whose first novel, The Brink (1976), though not fantastic, explores the complex events (and paranoias) that might lead the world to the verge of World War Three. Of more direct sf interest is The Experiment (1980), a Near Future in which a man terminally ill with lung cancer (see Medicine) is given a chance to live through the implementation of artificial gills, after which he must live under water, enclosed in a tank. Now calling himself Glaucus, he (and his family) begin to adjust, with difficulty, to his immurement. The Haunting of Suzanna Blackwell (1984) is a ghost story set at a California naval base, where the protagonist is haunted by her long-dead mother. The Black Sea (1991), though again not literally fantastic, presages with very considerable clarity events in the Middle East that, a decade later, would lead to 9/11. [JC]

Richard Setlowe

born New York: 1933

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