(1950- ) UK dentist and author whose Reckless Sleep sequence, comprising Reckless Sleep (2000) and Dark Heavens (2003), depicts a deeply depressed far Near Future UK Dystopia in a state of imminent collapse whose population escapes all this, plus a succession of natural Disasters, via Virtual Reality constructs that are themselves, it seems, poisonous; in the second volume, the picture darkens through the dubious promise on the part of the untrustworthy authorities of a literal escape (see Religion) with the aid of assisted suicide. Icarus (2006) is a singleton set on a mining planet beset by deadly radiation (see Colonization of Other Worlds), where the Discovery of an ancient Spaceship leads to some hope that humanity may survive the experience of the stars.
The Rig (2018) demonstrates no lightening of Levy's strait understanding of the values of Religion or the capitalist state; the tale, set in a star system after the death of Earth (see End of the World), describes the rise to power of its two unseemly protagonists, and their attempt to game a new quasi-religion known as AfterLife, according to the promises of which the dead will rise out of storage if their previously recorded lives win popularity contests. [JC]
born United Kingdom: 14 December 1950
- Icarus (London: Gollancz, 2006) [hb/]
- The Rig (London: Titan Books, 2018) [pb/]
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