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As a kid, I greatly enjoyed reading Nicholas Fisk's sci-fi things. They were a fine pathway into the back catalogue of '50s-'70s sci-fi that formed the backbone of my early teenage reading. Coming back to this, as I realise I haven't read enough of the genre in years, I am surprised by aspects of its content, which are complex and unpleasant, and also by the simplicity and smallness of it. Since I've found more expansive worldbuilding, this is a little...dry, and, occasionally, dull. But the asp ...more
(1923–), British author of more than forty books and television scripts and a master of science fiction for children. Fisk, whose real name is David Higginbottom, grew up during the Second World War and served in the Royal Air Force. His autobiography, Pig Ignorant (1992), covers the years 1939–1941 and details his life in Soho, a bohemian section of London, where he played jazz in the evenings un ...moreMore about Nicholas Fisk...