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Wharton, Ken

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(?   -    ) US physics professor and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Callisto Incident" in The Leading Edge #39 for March 2000. His sf novel is Divine Intervention (2001), set on a human colony world (see Colonization of Other Worlds) which during more than a century of isolation from Earth has adopted an eccentric Religion called Symmology, founded by the less than sane captain of the colonizing Spaceship with himself as Prophet. Problems arise with the arrival of a second ship carrying tens of thousands more emigrants from Earth in frozen Suspended Animation; the Mandalan government's leader brutally suppresses this news (with plans for an eventual Final Solution), which however is communicated to a young deaf-mute through his hearing/speech prosthetic by a mysterious entity claiming to be God. The tale is fast-moving and was well reviewed. [DRL]

Kenneth Wharton




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