Eldridge, Roger

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(1944-2007) UK journalist, scriptwriter, editor, photo agency executive and author whose first sf book, for Young Adult readers, was The Shadow of the Gloom-World (1977), set in a Pocket Universe located Underground in a Post-Holocaust future, and featuring a winningly rebellious young protagonist. His second, The Fishers of Darksea (1982), is an ambitious adult tale set in an Eskimo culture with a tradition of shamanism; the visions endured by the protagonist are ironically revealed to be merely circumstantial, for the tribe has been genetically adapted to handle radioactive ore, and the Monsters seen in shamanic trance are merely human overseers, suitably shielded. For most of his career, Eldridge was best known for photographic journalism and for his influential position with Camera Press, a photo agency of which he eventually became director; he was made a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order in 2003. [JC]

Roger Martin Eldridge

born Isleworth, Middlesex: 21 March 1944

died London: 4 November 2007

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