Maurice, Michael

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Pseudonym of UK clergyman, teacher and author Conrad Arthur Skinner (1889-1975), whose sf novel Not in Our Stars (1923) can be forgiven its confused science – giant meteorites are supposed to cause perturbations in spacetime, Time Distortions sufficient to reverse its flow for the protagonist – because of the odd intensity of the tale. Awakening in a death cell after a meteor strike, he is executed and then begins to relive his life (each day passing normally, but with him awakening each dawn a day earlier) with foreknowledge of the murder he has committed/will commit in error. The end of this unusual Time in Reverse story is ambiguous, with some hint that, on re-entering the normal flow of time, he will be able to avoid the deed. A later novel, Marooned: A Romance (1932), is an Afterlife fantasy [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. [JC]

Reverend Conrad Arthur Skinner

born Dereham, Norfolk: 1 May 1889

died Cambridge, Cambridgeshire: 21 November 1975

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