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Walker, Steve

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

(1956-    ) UK playwright, poet, illustrator and author, initially best known for his Radio plays, almost all forty of them for the BBC, beginning with "Him and It" (October 1988 Radio 4), an exercise in Absurdist SF. Other plays of interest, several similar pushing Satire into the absurd, include "Journey to the Centre of the Earth" (28 December 1994 Radio 4), adapting the 1864/1867 novel by Jules Verne (who see for details); "The Dolphinarium" (1 January 1996 Radio 4), in which a plot is exposed to transform Homo sapiens into automata by killing off the world's dolphins; and "Habbakuk of Ice" (2001 Radio 4), in which a Mad Scientist advocates the construction of a battleship made out of ice.

"21st Century Blues" (September-October 1994 Radio 4 6 30 minute episodes) was adapted as 21st Century Blues [for subtitle see Checklist below] (1995), the first volume of his Century Blues series, followed by 22nd Century Blues (1996), comprising the memoirs of the Archbishop of Canterbury, who spearheads a successful revolution in 2024 which engulfs Britain and later the world.

Walker should not be confused with Steven C Walker (1941-    ), author of The Power of Tolkien's Prose: Middle Earth's Magical Style (2009) as Steve Walker. [JC]

Steve Walker

born Gateshead, Tyne and Wear: 1956

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Century Blues


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