BARNWELL, William (Curtis)


BARNWELL, William (Curtis)
(1943-)
   US author whose brief but interesting foray into the sf/fantasy genre was his well written Blessing Trilogy, consisting of The Blessing Papers (1980), Imram (1981) and The Sigma Curve (1981). This complex quest through a post- HOLOCAUST world, where some sort of grand design by mysterious powers is operating, at first appears lively but conventional SCIENCE FANTASY. In fact, the intellectual structure of the work is both demanding and very eccentric: a METAPHYSICAL allegory about free will and predestination. The holocaust was deliberately brought about to short-circuit humanity's DEVOLUTION as the left and right hemispheres of the brain lost contact due to corrupting visual imagery replacing the purity of the spoken word. This may be the only apocalyptic fiction where Earth's "Falling" was directly, it appears, due to tv programming rather than Original Sin. The books read as if produced by a member of a PSEUDO-SCIENCE cult, but it is not clear which one.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Encyclopedia. . 2011.

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