Keating, H R F

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(1926-2011) UK author, active from the late 1950s, almost all of his work being detective novels, notably those featuring Inspector Ghote of the Bombay CID, though he wrote some ghost stories. Novels of sf interest include The Strong Man (1971), a Dystopian tale set on the mid-Atlantic Island of Oceana – a name echoing George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949) – whose tyrannical dictator, despite his manipulation of his subjects' addiction to witchcraft, finds himself threatened by the eponymous protagonist, who in turn may become corrupt after triumphing. In A Long Walk to Wimbledon (1978), a man treks laboriously across a Near Future London to visit his estranged wife after a Disaster has devastated the capital. She dies before he can reach her. [JC]

Henry Reymond Fitzwalter Keating

born St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex: 31 October 1926

died London: 27 March 2011

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