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Sunday, 10 March 2013

Edmund Cooper - Retro British Pulp Sci/fi Writer



Edmund Cooper 1926 - 1982


This  (All Fools Day) has to be my most favourite of Edmund Cooper novels and he has written a few good ones. We are once again in a post apocalyptic Britain. This is often Edmund Cooper's type of brave new world. Each apocalypse is a different type of thing in most of his stories. Perhaps it was his desire to destroy the real world and invent many types of new one - hence his regular sci/fi formula of after the disaster. In this there are sun spots that cause mass suicide and only the more mentally unstable and unbalanced characters seem to have survived. They struggle to invent some semblance of new order. The stories are simplistic pulp science fiction, and this is one of Edmund Cooper's best in my view. I really enjoyed this story.

Edmund Cooper was born in Cheshire in 1926 and died in 1982 just short of his 56th birthday. He began writing short stories at an early age and got his first novel published in the late fifties. He reviewed science fiction for the Sunday Times from 1967 until his passing in 1982.

He seems to have become a little obscure as one of Britain's science fiction writers, but I believe his time will come again. Two of his novels involve a female dominated society after the need for men begins to diminish. They are rather controversial but do ask some excellent questions from a male perspective. These titles are: Five to Twelve and Who Needs Men. I think he must have had a floored view of women's liberation. A view that perhaps ladies wanted it all their own way, and maybe, such a notion could not work. They (the two novels) certainly caused some heated debate at times. 




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