UPDIKE, John (Hoyer)
(1932-)
   US writer whose exuberantly polished and opulent style has led him more than once into realms of FABULATION. In The Centaur (1963) mythological avatars haunt present-day characters. The government toppled in The Coup (1978) had ruled an imaginary country - a setting which might readily occasion comment from within the sf field, given JU's conspicuous aversion to genre literature in general - as witness his remarkably obtuse New Yorker review of John Le Carre's Our Game (1995) - and specifically -as in an earlier review of Vladimir NABOKOV's Ada (1969) - to the creation of imaginary countries. The Witches of Eastwick (1984) is - though enfeeblingly dilatory about the fantasy premises it invokes - a genuine tale of the supernatural involving a Devil-like male and 3 women whose PSI POWERS develop alarmingly. Only JU's first novel is sf: The Poorhouse Fair(1959) is set in a NEAR FUTURE institution for the aged which serves as the focus of a popular revolt.
   JC
   Other works: Roger's Version (1986); The Chaste Planet (1980 chap); Brazil (1994), a magic-realist fantasy based on the story of Tristram and Iseult.

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