(1935-1984) US author and poet, known primarily for his work outside the sf field. Most of his whimsically surreal fiction – like A Confederate General from Big Sur (1964) or Trout Fishing in America (1967) – lies on the borderline of Fantasy, but does not pass over. In Watermelon Sugar (1968), set in an indeterminate hippie-pastoral setting, echoes the Post-Holocaust novels of conventional sf. The Hawkline Monster: A Gothic Western (1974), which is sf, plays amusingly with the Frankenstein theme. Brautigan committed suicide in 1984. [PR/JC]
see also: Utopias.
Richard Gary Brautigan
born Tacoma, Washington: 30 January 1935
died Bolinas, California: body discovered 25 October 1984
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