Edric, Robert

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Pseudonym of UK author Gary Edric Armitage (1956-    ), who began his career as G E Armitage with a nonfantastic novel, A Season of Peace (1985), continuing for two decades during which at least fifteen more novels, all but one as Robert Edric, were released, none of these being of genre interest until the publication of a novella, The Mermaids (2007), which was fantasy. Of sf interest is Salvage (2010), a bleak tale set a century hence in Northern England, where the ceasing of the Gulf Stream and other Disasters due to Climate Change (and climate-change denial on the part of the Developmental Ministry) have had particularly savage consequences. In this corrupt Dystopia, where power (see Politics) has devolved to local rulers after the pattern suggested by H G Wells in The Shape of Things to Come (1933) – filmed as Things to Come (1936) – there seems little hope for recovery. In the end, after a disastrous Pollution event, snow begins to fall, shutting down the North. Supernatural events are hinted at, though not precisely confirmed, in The London Satyr (2011), set in 1890s London and featuring appearances by Bram Stoker; similarly, hints of genuine possession in The Devil's Beat (2012) are unconfirmed by a deliberately inconclusive narrative. [JC]

Gary Edric Armitage

born Sheffield, South Yorkshire: 14 April 1956


works (highly selected)

  • The Mermaids (Hornsea, East Yorkshire: PS Publishing, 2007) [novella: chap: hb/from Arthur Rackham]
  • Salvage (London: Doubleday, 2010) [hb/uncredited]
  • The Lives of the Savages (Hornsea, East Yorkshire: PS Publishing, 2010) [hb/Luis Rodrigues]
  • The London Satyr (London: Doubleday, 2011) [hb/bridgemanart.com]
  • The Devil's Beat (London: Doubleday, 2012) [hb/F J Mortimer]
  • The Wrack Line (Hornsea, East Yorkshire: PS Publishing, 2016) [novella: chap: hb/Valerie Sims]


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