Howard, Hayden

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(1925-2014) US writer who began publishing sf with "It" for Planet Stories in January 1952, followed by eighteen further magazine stories with the last appearing in 1971. His one sf novel, The Eskimo Invasion (stories April 1965-April 1967 Galaxy; fixup 1967), set rather unusually in Canada, comprises a speculative view of Overpopulation problems conveyed through an episodic tale based on seven stories published in Galaxy, beginning with "Death and Birth of the Angakok" (April 1965 Galaxy) and ending with "The Purpose of Life" (April 1967 Galaxy). These episodes describe how a group of indigenous Canadian Inuit (referred to as Eskimos, a term not then deprecated) is transformed by an Alien presence into an apparently benign, fast-breeding new species called Esks, which duly become an Esk Problem. [JC/DRL]

John Hayden Howard

born Santa Barbara, California: 19 December 1925

died Santa Barbara, California: 23 October 2014

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