Green, Henry

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Pseudonym of UK industrialist and author Henry Vincent Yorke (1905-1973), whose several laconic but richly thought-through nonfantastic novels, from Blindness (1926) to Doting (1952), gained him a small but intensely appreciative readership. A short fantasy tale, "Monsta Monstrous", was drafted in the early 1920s, though it only reached print posthumously in Surviving: The Uncollected Writings of Henry Green (coll 1992). His one sf novel, Concluding (1948), set fifty-five years hence in a Dystopian socialist UK, follows its protagonist Rock, a Scientist whose discoveries half a century earlier are still honoured, from dawn to dusk of a single day in his darkening life. Through imagery and dialogue Concluding presents a complex vision of a world in which humanity and Nature are irretrievably dissevered; amidst the clamour and disintegration, some not untortured Sex is available, though Rock declines to shift his focus from the travails of ageing. Though the novel is set in a moderately distant Near Future, the intense interiorization of its narrative marks it as coming from a Mainstream Writer of SF. [JC]

Henry Vincent Yorke

born Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire: 29 October 1905

died London: 13 December 1973

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