(1940- ) Welsh journalist and author who began publishing sf with "The Post-Mortem People" for New Worlds in 1966; this was assembled with his other short fiction as Seagulls under Glass and Other Stories (coll 1975). His first novel, The Thinking Seat (1969), began a loose sequence of tales featuring the charismatic and guru-like Simeon, followed by Moon on an Iron Meadow (1974) and Faces in the Flames (1976). All demonstrate an interest in Politics, and Moon on an Iron Meadow in particular shows a deep concern about Biological weapons – it also manifests the extent to which Tate had been influenced by Ray Bradbury, the bulk of the story taking place in Bradbury's imaginary Green Town, Illinois. Tate published three further novels: Gardens 12345 (1971; vt Gardens One to Five 1971), Country Love and Poison Rain (1973), probably the first sf novel about Welsh Nationalism – it concerns the political repercussions of the discovery of a secret NATO cache of deadly nerve gas in the Brecon Beacons – and Greencomber (1979), a surly and metaphor-choked tale of a battered Near-Future UK rather reminiscent of the work of Keith Roberts, but without that writer's shaping power. [MJE]
see also: Pollution.
born Cardiff, Glamorgan, Wales: 3 April 1940
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