Haggard, William

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Pseudonym of Richard Clayton (1907-1993), UK civil servant whose political thrillers, usually featuring Colonel Charles Russell (retired in later volumes) of the Secret Service, sometimes extrapolate on current political trends, after the fashion of their genre, from a right-wing position common to work of the 1960s; his work has been likened to that of John Buchan. Slow Burner (1958) has some sf content relating to the atomic-power process described by the title. The skulduggery in Venetian Blind (1959) concerns Negative Gravity, "a prize beyond price. The conquest of space, the ultimate weapon"; but it proves chimerical. The Bitter Harvest (1971) deals with germ warfare. [JC]

Richard Henry Michael Clayton

born Croydon, Surrey: 11 August 1907

died Clacton, Essex: 27 October 1993

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