Buckley-Archer, Linda

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(1958-    ) UK scriptwriter for BBC Radio and Television, and author of the Young Adult Gideon Trilogy beginning with Gideon the Cutpurse (2006), where sf devices – Antigravity and a Time Machine – are utilized in the frame story and throughout, initially to transport its young protagonists to 1763 London. Here they meet Gideon, their machine is stolen by his secret-sharer brother the Tar Man, who ends up in the twenty-first century, and they are trapped. Further volumes introduce their parents, who plunge into the wrong decade; as the plots thicken, hints of Alternate Histories become relevant, and a Changewar threatens. A singleton, The Many Lives of John Stone (2015), whose long-lived eponym survives 350 years from the era of Versailles (see Immortality), reconfigures some structural elements of the Gideon books, but Stone's relationship with a contemporary adolescent, who has been reading his centuries of journal-keeping, dominates the tale. [JC]

Linda Buckley-Archer

born Sussex: 1958

died

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The Gideon Trilogy

  • Gideon the Cutpurse (London: Simon and Schuster, 2006) [Gideon Trilogy: hb/Blacksheep]
    • The Time Travelers (New York: Turtleback Books, 2007) [vt of the above: Gideon Trilogy: hb/James Jean]
  • The Tar Man (London: Simon and Schuster, 2007) [Gideon Trilogy: hb/Blacksheep]
    • The Time Thief (New York: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2008) [vt of the above: Gideon Trilogy: hb/James Jean]
  • Time Quake (London: Simon and Schuster, 2009) [Gideon Trilogy: hb/Paul Young]
    • The Time Quake (New York: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2009) [vt of the above: Gideon Trilogy: hb/James Jean]
      • The Complete Gideon Trilogy (New York: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2014) [omni of the above three under their vts: Gideon Trilogy: hb/James Jean]

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