SAPIR, Richard Ben


SAPIR, Richard Ben
(1936-1987)
   US writer who published some borderline fantasy as by Richard Ben and, as Richard Sapir and in collaboration with Warren B. MURPHY (whom see for titles), parts of the Destroyer series of spoof thrillers featuring the Doc Savage-like adventures of Remo Williams, a White man (and avatar of Shiva the Destroyer) trained in the paranormal combat artsof Sinanju. The Assassin's Handbook (coll 1982; rev vt Inside Sinanju 1985) as by RBS and Murphy (in fact by Will MURRAY) is an amused (andamusing) companion to the sequence. RBS is of sf interest mainly for The Far Arena (1978), a SLEEPER-AWAKES tale in which a Roman gladiator, havingoffended the Emperor Domitian, is cast upon an ice floe where he freezes until resuscitated in the 20th century; his responses to the contemporary world are illuminatingly critical. In Quest (1987) the Holy Grail is discovered and becomes the object of a violent modern-day quest; in The Body (1983) the remains of Christ are apparently discovered.
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   See also: CRYONICS; SUSPENDED ANIMATION.

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