Sadly, John Christopher has died, aged 89.
I only read one book of his, but I really enjoyed it!
He’s best known for his children’s series The Tripods (also a tv series) which is a sort-of sequel to War of the Worlds, with Earth subjugated to the marching war machines!
However, his other main claim to fame in the sf world was The Death of Grass, written in the mid-1950s. It’s a disaster novel a bit like John Wyndham’s classics, but with nastier protagonists who take whatever action is necessary to survive. Very good, and at least as readable as Day of the Triffids or The Kraken Wakes…
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Transreal Fiction is a shop dedicated to selling science fiction, fantasy & related books, together with a limited selection of other merchandise.But really, it’s about books. Transreal Fiction opened in April 1997 in Cowgatehead and moved to it’s present location nearby in June 2011. The owner, Mike Calder, first sold sf & f books many years ago and has worked in the business either part- or full-time since. For years he also had a respectable job as well, but that’s another story…
The shop is named after the term coined by Rudy Rucker to describe his fiction and I thought it an apt name for a shop specialising in speculative fiction. And, in case you’re wondering, yes, Rudy Rucker was happy to allow me to use of the term as a name for my shop.
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