George, Jon

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(?   -    ) UK author of two sf novels, after some unidentified shorter work. In Faces of Mist and Flame (2004), a late twenty-first-century mathematician creates a Time Viewer through which she is able to observe – in complacent safety – and to share acoustically the horrific experiences in World War Two of a soldier who creates for himself an inner fantasy narrative in terms of which – for in this narrative he is Hercules – it is impossible for him to die in the South Pacific, until his twelve labours have been completed. Very considerably transformed, much of this material serves to engine George's second novel, Zootsuit Black (2006), whose main protagonist flashes from a Near Future world back to World War Two – in due course transferring the mind of a contemporary villain into that of Reinhard Heydrich (1904-1942), whom he has in the meantime killed – while at the same time humanity as a whole is edging towards Transcendence. Though he does not yet seem entirely in control of his emotionally taxing material, it is clear that George is a writer who may have much to say. [JC]

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