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Silvis, Randall

Entry updated 29 October 2021. Tagged: Author.

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(1950-    ) US teacher and author, most of whose work is nonfantastic, though he has been identified as a Magic Realist for some of the tales assembled in The Luckiest Man in the World (coll 1984), as well as In a Town Called Mundomuerto (2007) and Flying Fish (2012 chap); the latter two titles both implicate mortals with mythical figures from the sea, in title being odorous with chthonic barings of flesh. Mysticus (1999) more complexly mixes modes to some Equipoisal effect, ending in a Near Future 2026, as the protagonist's long Sex-obsessed life reaches several climaxes, only to subside into billionaire reclusion. But the world of 2026, beset by Climate Change and other degradations, does not leave him – or his companion, a Telepathic foetus in a bottle – alone. [JC]

Randall Glenn Silvis

born Rimersburg, Pennsylvania: 15 July 1950

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