(1957- ) US author and cartoonist best-known for the Dilbert strip from 1989, which when at its best superbly (in terms of concept and accuracy of Satire rather than quality of drawing) satirizes contemporary office life. As with most ambitious modern comic strips, it segues frequently into sf and fantasy tropes – such as Robot office workers, wish-fulfilling Ray Guns and metaphorical Timeslips – for the sake of incidental humour, but it is not a strip which uses the fantastic in any fundamental way. Adams's prose fiction has been restricted to the Avatar series beginning with God's Debris: A Thought Experiment (2001) in which a young man is confronted by a mysterious (and mysteriously talkative) figure able to explain everything about the Near Future world in which the tale takes place; a sequel, The Religion War (2004), is also simultaneously populist and searching in its examination of Religion through an attempt on the part of an omnicompetent protagonist, an elderly man called Avatar, to stop a subacute but deadly and unending War between Christians and Muslims. [JC]
Scott Raymond Adams
born Windham, New York: 8 June 1957
Dilbert collections are not included.
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