Bowes, Richard

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(1944-    ) US author whose works tend to be set in, and to evoke, a congested, magically altered New York, the city where he has lived since childhood, and which infuses most of his short fiction, little of which is sf. Warchild (1986) and its sequel, Goblin Market (1988), set in an Alternate-History version of the city, follow the growth and adventures of a telepathic teenager who finds himself involved in time wars with a variety of exorbitant friends and foes. Feral Cell (1987), set at the end of the twentieth century, carries its ageing hero into a millennial conflict between Good and Evil, seen in fantasy terms that evoke the New York of writers like John Crowley and Mark Helprin. Minions of the Moon (fixup 1999) assembles the successful Kevin Grierson stories – one of them, "Streetcar Dreams" (April 1997 F&SF), won a 1998 World Fantasy Award – into first-person narrative of a sexually ambivalent male Vampire who must undergo the rite of passage from 1960s Greenwich Village into adulthood, like Prince Harry (the title is from a line spoken by Falstaff), all the while haunted by a double. From the Files of the Time Rangers (fixup 2005) complexly mixes Time Travel, Alternate History and political Satire in its depiction of the twentieth century as a time so extraordinary it must have been shaped by gods at play. Dust Devil on a Quiet Street (fixup 2013) revisits several New York venues, this time through a quasi-autobiographical frame. His sf, which has always been focused on city life, increasingly reads as highly sophisticated Urban Fantasy. [JC]

Richard Dirrane Bowes

born Boston, Massachusetts: January 1944

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