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Sinclair, Andrew

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(1935-2019) UK author of much fiction and nonfiction who was also a screenwriter and movie director. The Project (1960) comes as close to nuclear Holocaust as possible – a doomsday Weapon is just about to go off as the final page ends – without actually meeting the End of the World head-on.

His major contribution to Fantastika is the Albion TriptychGog (1967), Magog (1972) and King Ludd (1988) – a Fabulation about the Matter of Britain [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] which is half sentimental Satire and half mythopoesis. In the opening volume, a seven-foot tall man is washed up on a beach in Scotland, in 1945; he has lost his memory, except for the fact that his name is Gog, which is tattooed on his fists, along with the name of his legendary half-brother, Magog. His subsequent Fantastic Voyage from Edinburgh to London combines a quest for personal identity and a mythological history of the British people. The second volume is more in the nature of mundane Satire featuring Magog, but the third explores afresh the themes and images of the first book, retelling the story of the hero's entire life with many fantastic episodes set against a rich historical background. [JC/DP]

Andrew Annandale Sinclair

born Oxford, Oxfordshire: 21 January 1935

died 30 May 2019



Albion Triptych

  • Gog (London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1967) [Albion Triptych: hb/Brian Keogh and Melvyn Gill]
  • Magog (London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1972) [Albion Triptych: hb/]
  • King Ludd (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1988) [Albion Triptych: hb/uncredited]

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