Dickinson, John

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(1962-    ) UK author, son of Peter Dickinson, who began publishing work of genre interest with "One for Sorrow" in Fear for March 1990; most of his subsequent work has been fantasy, including the Young Adult Cup of the World sequence beginning with The Cup of the World (2004) and the Muddle and Win sequence for younger children beginning with Muddle and Win: The Battle for Sally Jones (2013). He is of sf interest for WE (2010) whose protagonist, after an eight-year voyage in Cryonically frozen Suspended Animation, is left in isolation on an ice-moon at the furthest reaches of the solar system, out of reach of the World Ear, a species-wide Communications system which has replaced the simple internet/smartphone interface. Here he must liaise with the other three humans on the moon, which means oral talk. Back on the inner planets, something like a Hive Mind may subtly be supplanting Homo sapiens. An Alien presence on the moon is alarmed by this potential transformation (Posthuman; Transcendence). The tale is told with considerable clarity, allowing its implications some room to unfold in the protagonist's mind. [JC]

John Geoffrey Hyett Dickinson

born London: June 1962

died

works

series

Cup of the World

  • The Cup of the World (Oxford, Oxfordshire: David Fickling Books, 2004) [Cup of the World: hb/Francis G Mayer from Albrecht Altdorfer]
  • The Widow and the King (Oxford, Oxfordshire: David Fickling Books, 2005) [Cup of the World: hb/Francis G Mayer from Albrecht Altdorfer]
  • The Fatal Child (Oxford, Oxfordshire: David Fickling Books, 2005) [Cup of the World: hb/]

Muddle and Win

individual titles

  • WE (Oxford, Oxfordshire: David Fickling Books, 2010) [pb/Richard Collingridge]

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