von Trojan, Kurt

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(1937-2006) Austrian-born journalist and author, in Australia from the 1940s. His first novel, The Transing Syndrome (1985), uses "transing" (Matter Transmission) to move the plot along in an Alternate-World Dystopia; the protagonist worries that his Identity may be fading with each transmission, like increasingly obscure photocopies of a photocopy. Bedmates (1987) is set in a future Australia dominated by AIDS and sexual fear (see Sex): "bedmates" are mindless artefacts always ready for sex. The Atrocity Shop (1998), which was written in the 1970s, is an example of Horror in SF, with Nazis strutting suburban streets where amateur A-bombs are being constructed. Von Trojan's novels are effective and sometimes harrowing, but flawed; his best work may be the non-sf autobiographical novel Mars in Scorpio (1990). [BF/PN]

see also: Austria.

Kurt Oscar Eugene von Trojan

born Vienna, Austria: 9 March 1937

died Australia: 22 March 2006

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