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Story, Jack Trevor

Entry updated 9 January 2023. Tagged: Author.

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(1917-1991) UK author who remains best known for his first novel, The Trouble with Harry (1949), not sf, which was filmed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1955. The rumours that he wrote several of the Volsted Gridban sf novels are unverified, but certainly he did produce many pseudonymous books over the first decade or so of his career, including several Westerns, all nonfantastic. His openly acknowledged work included some remarkable tales for the Sexton Blake Library, to which he contributed nearly thirty titles, those with some sf content including The Frightened People (1958 chap), about a Cold War-era panic induced by atomic radiation, and Danger on the Flip Side (1960 chap), which introduces video discs, the Invention of which did not in fact occur for several years. Several more of his novels used sf components to make their points about the decline of England and the loss of youth, including Hitler Needs You (1970), One Last Mad Embrace (1970), Little Dog's Day (1971), which is a genuine sf Dystopia, the surrealistic The Wind in the Snottygobble Tree (November 1969-February 1970 New Worlds; 1971), in which the Pope is kidnapped, Morag's Flying Fortress (1976), a borderline novel about sexual obsession, and Up River (1979; vt The Screwrape Lettuce 1980), in which an appalling aphrodisiac from a Russian lab (see Drugs) devastates the UK while the secret police, unnoticed, grab power. [JC]

Jack Trevor Story

born Bengeo, Hertfordshire: 20 March 1917

died Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire: 5 December 1991



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