GILBERT, (William) Stephen


GILBERT, (William) Stephen
(1912-)
   UK writer whose first novel, The Landslide (1943), is a PARALLEL-WORLDS fantasy of some complexity in which primeval eggs, exposed by the titular slide, begin to hatch. His second, Monkeyface (1948), movingly explores the familiar territory of the self-aware ape (APES AND CAVEMEN). His best-known sf novel, Ratman's Notebooks (1968; vt Willard1971 US), is fundamentally a horror tale. Ratman conceives a special relationship with rats, comes precariously to dominate and commune with them, and leads their vengeful incursions on the world at large; but there is a comeuppance. The book was filmed as Willard (1971).
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