(1974- ) US computer scientist and author whose first novel, The Lost Books of the Odyssey (2007; rev 2010), though it may be read simplistically as a literary fantasia on Homer's Odyssey, successfully invokes the telling literalism of Fantastika in its rewriting of various episodes of the original in more or less Alternate World terms. Some of the transforms euhemerize the original [for Euhemerism see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below], though the mathematization of Daedalus's Labyrinth [for Daedalus and Euhemerism see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] radically reconfigures the tonus of the real. Moments of aspirational spoofing are less successful, and hint at a dis-ease typical of the Mainstream Writer of SF.
Mason's second novel Void Star (2017) is of direct sf interest in its portrayal of a Near Future New York half-drowned through the effects of Climate Change, and its clear understanding that – after the responsibility for designed improved versions has been delegated to AI-run self-programming Computers – Homo sapiens will not understand AIs in this new world. The plot of the tale marries the Technothriller to Cyberpunk, much of the narrative being conducted in Virtual Reality worlds the protagonists can no longer safely distinguish from reality. [JC]
born California: 26 February 1974
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