(1948-2013) UK playwright and author, born Andrew James Wilson, whose sf novels Spaceache (1984) and Inside Babel (1985) comprise a short series of Satires whose targets are contemporary Politics and culture. Unfortunately, his use of sf instruments is significantly less competent than can be found in some more conventional Mainstream Writers of SF; his attempt to make surrealist fun of Space Opera in Spaceache founders on his manifest ignorance of its well-understood Clichés, its conventions and, indeed, of the scientific rationales underpinning the form. Inside Babel is a more traditional satire than its predecessor.
Wilson's plays are again surrealistic, but clearly more effectively so than his prose. [JC]
see also: Overpopulation; Radio.
Andrew James Wilson
born Reading, Berkshire: 2 August 1948
died Ashford, Kent: 3 July 2013
- Spaceache (London: Chatto and Windus/The Hogarth Press, 1984) [hb/Chris Hyde]
- Inside Babel (London: Chatto and Windus/The Hogarth Press, 1985) [hb/]
plays (highly selected)
- Vampire [first performed February 1973 Oval House, London]
- The Number of the Beast; and Flaming Bodies (London: Calder Publications, 1983) [plays: coll: The Number of the Beast first performed October 1974 The Other Place, London, as The Beast: pb/]
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