(1917-1991) Australian-born actor, playwright, television scriptwriter and author, resident in the USA from 1948 – after a conflict with the notorious 1940s Australian censorship regime, due to the use of the word "fuck" in his play about soldiers at war, Rusty Bugles (performed 1948; 1980) – becoming a US citizen in 1955. There is no entry on Elliott in the Australian Dictionary of Biography. Several of his novels, usually with Australian settings, were televised. Edens Lost (1969) is an Australian family romance whose exorbitance becomes supernatural; The Man Who Got Away (1972) uses Time in Reverse narration as a literary rather than an sf device. His only true sf is Going (1975), about life and love in a slightly Dystopian future in which euthanasia at age 65 is compulsory. The heroine, nearing this terminus, reflects on her life. [PN/DRL/JC]
see also: 'Way Out.
Sumner Locke Elliott
born Sydney, New South Wales: 17 October 1917
died 24 June 1991
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