WESTLAKE, Michael


WESTLAKE, Michael
(1942-)
   UK writer and editor whose One Zero and the Night Controller (1980) is a FABULATION in which a taxi driver tracks down an occult nocturnal mystery, whose Imaginary Women (1987) plays with questions of reality, and in whose 51 Soko: To the Islands on the Other Side of the World (1990) four Japanese men send letters to various English figures,weaving a pattern whose links are supernatural, and describing en passant several ALTERNATE WORLD versions of UK history. Of specific sf interest is The Utopian (1989), a double narrative contrasting the life of an insanecontemporary man with that of his namesake - or metaphorical double, or literal REINCARNATION - in the communal matriarchy which obtains in AD2411. Though the tale might seem to read as delusional, both lives areequally weighted: the delusion, if any, might be the world of 1989.
   JC

Science Fiction and Fantasy Encyclopedia. . 2011.

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