Bowkett, Stephen

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(1953-    ) UK author, primarily of Young Adult novels, mostly sf, though his first, Spellbinder (1985) in which a young player of magic tricks learns that his Magic is real, is Fantasy; as is Gameplayers (1986). Dualists (1987), whose young protagonists discover a substance able to copy anything (see Doppelgangers; Transmutation), is sf; as is the Wintering sequence comprising Ice (2001), Storm (2002) and Thaw (2002), set in what seems to be a Pocket Universe but is in fact an enclave (see Keep) whose inhabitants have enjoyed something like Utopia under the control of an AI. But it is now time for a young protagonist to open his eyes to reality (see Conceptual Breakthrough), and to break out into the harsher but more genuinely alive world beyond the portals.

Bowkett's Ties to Shared World enterprises like The Web or Dreamtime are as competent as demanded. There is some sense that despite his undoubted competence he has not found a way to respond fully to opportunities to test that skill. His novels as by Ben Leech, all of which involves Shapeshifting, edge close to sf; the first of these, The Community (1993), invokes for instance a Horror in SF portrait of a Hive-Mind race of Aliens who take on human form but perform as a single dread entity; similarly, the parasites featured in The Bidden (1994) congest together to shape themselves into a human face, which gazed upon is a Basilisk. [JC]

Stephen Bowkett

born South Wales: 30 December 1953

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The Web

Dreamtime

  • Dreamcatcher (London: Orion Children's Books/Dolphin Paperbacks, 2000) [in the Dreamtime Shared World series: pb/Blacksheep]

The Wintering

  • Ice (London: Orion Children's Books/Dolphin Paperbacks, 2001) [Wintering: pb/Stuart Williams]
  • Storm (London: Orion Children's Books/Dolphin Paperbacks, 2002) [Wintering: pb/Stuart Williams]
  • Thaw (London: Orion Children's Books/Dolphin Paperbacks, 2002) [Wintering: pb/Stuart Williams]

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