FRAYN, Michael
(1933-)
   UK novelist, journalist and playwright, best known for such work outside the sf field as the novel Towards the End of the Morning (1967; vt Against Entropy 1967 US), which despite its vt is not sf. The Tin Men(1965) is a SATIRE on the computerization of human consciousness. A Very Private Life (1968) describes a sanitized Earth with mankind divided into those who live inside germ-free enclaves and those who live outdoors; some ambivalence is expressed throughout as to whether what is being described is a DYSTOPIA or simply a mise en scene: MF lacks, in other words, the ready animus so often found in MAINSTREAM WRITERS when they appropriate sf tropes - almost always imprudently - for satirical purposes.
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   Other works: Sweet Dreams (1973), an afterlife fantasy.
   See also: AUTOMATION; LINGUISTICS.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Encyclopedia. . 2011.

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