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Wright, Stephen

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(1946-    ) US author whose only novel of sf interest, M31: A Family Romance (1988), is a Fabulation in an agglutinative style reminiscent of that used by William Gaddis (1922-1998) in The Recognitions (1955). Abandoned by their parents – Dot and Dash, who claim to be Aliens descended from the inhabitants of the Andromeda Galaxy (M31 in the Messier catalogue) – the protagonists of the book ricochet numbly through the nightmare shopping malls and 7-11s of modern "rural" America. The vacuum family they make together and the horrors they commit contribute to an extremely distressing vision of the latter moments of the century. Going Native (1994) is a road-novel, searingly and hilariously told, apocalyptic in tone, but not sf. [JC]

Stephen Wright

born Warren, Pennsylvania: 17 August 1946



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