SHUTE, Nevil
   Working name of UK writer Nevil Shute Norway (1899-1960), who for many years combined writing with work as an aeronautical engineer, specializing in Zeppelins; after moving for health reasons in 1950 to Australia - where he set much of his later fiction - he wrote full-time. Some of his earlier fiction, by taking advantage of his intense and very up-to-date knowledge of aeronautics, verges very closely on sf, and What Happened to the Corbetts (1939; vt Ordeal 1939 US) is a genuine future- WAR tale. An OldCaptivity (1940) is the tale of a man who dreams in a coma (accurately, it proves, and on the basis of data unknown at the time of the dream) of Vikings in Greenland and of their life there; a later screenplay to anunmade film, Vinland the Good (1946), treats similar material. No Highway (1948) deals with metal fatigue as the cause of airplane disasters and waspublished just before the first of the Comet jet crashes that occurred for exactly that reason; the protagonist's daughter seems, as well, to have ESP powers. It was filmed as No Highway in the Sky (1951).NS's twoAustralian sf novels remain his best known. In the Wet (1953), the journal of an Australian outback priest who copies down from a dying man a UTOPIAN vision (or memory) of the British Empire cAD2000, anticipates a time when Australia has become the leader of the Commonwealth, royalty has survivedhandsomely, socialism has faded away, and the Empire is secure. Much closer to the bone was the famous On the Beach (1957), filmed as ON THE BEACH (1959), a near-future DISASTER tale in which nuclear war haseliminated all life in the northern hemisphere, leaving Australia to await the inevitable spread of radioactive contamination - delayed by global wind-patterns - that will end human life on Earth. NS was an excellent popular novelist; his stories demonstrate a seamless narrative skill, and his protagonists are, unfailingly, decent men.
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   See also: END OF THE WORLD; PREDICTION.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Encyclopedia. . 2011.

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  • Shute,Nevil — Shute (sho͞ot), Nevil. Pen name of Nevil Shute Norway. 1899 1960. British writer whose novels include A Town Like Alice (1950) and On the Beach (1957), both set in Australia. * * * …   Universalium

  • Shute, Nevil — orig. Nevil Shute Norway born Jan. 17, 1899, Ealing, Middlesex, Eng. died Jan. 12, 1960, Melbourne, Vic., Australia English born Australian novelist. Trained as an aeronautical engineer, Shute drew on technical detail in his fiction. His early… …   Universalium

  • Shute, Nevil — orig. Nevil Shute Norway (17 ene. 1899, Ealing, Middlesex, Inglaterra–12 ene. 1960, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia). Escritor angloaustraliano. Formado como ingeniero aeronáutico, Shute aportó el conocimiento técnico de su profesión para la… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Shute, Nevil —  Pen name of Nevil Shute Norway (1899–1960), British novelist …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • Nevil Shute — Norway Born 17 January 1899 London Died 12 January 1960 Melbourne Pen name Nevil Shute …   Wikipedia

  • Nevil Shute — Nombre completo Nevil Shute Norway Nacimiento 17 de enero de 1899 …   Wikipedia Español

  • Nevil Norway — Nevil Shute Pour les articles homonymes, voir Shute. Nevil Shute Nevil Shute Norway (1899 1960) est un ingénieur aéronautique, aviateur et écrivain b …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Nevil Shute Norway — Nevil Shute Nevil Shute Norway (* 17. Januar 1899 in Ealing, London; † 12. Januar 1960 in Melbourne, Australien) war ein englischer Schriftsteller, Flugzeugingenieur und Pilot …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Nevil Shute — Norway (* 17. Januar 1899 in Ealing, London; † 12. Januar 1960 in Melbourne, Australien) war ein englischer Schriftsteller, Flugzeugingenieur und Pilot …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Nevil Shute — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Shute. Nevil Shute Nevil Shute Norway (1899 1960) est un ingénieur aéronautique, aviateur et écrivain britannique …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Nevil Shute — noun English writer who settled in Norway after World War II (1899 1960) • Syn: ↑Shute, ↑Nevil Shute Norway • Instance Hypernyms: ↑writer, ↑author …   Useful english dictionary

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