Nicholas Fisk


Born
in London, The United Kingdom
October 14, 1923

Died
May 10, 2016

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(1923–2016), 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 until he was called to enlist. After the war Fisk worked as a musician, journalist, and publisher. He started writing in the 1960s, and his popularity was at its height in the 1970s and 1980s. His most impressive work, A Rag, a Bone, and a Hank of Hair (1982), is a thrilling futuristic novel set at the end of the 22ndcentury. The government is cl ...more

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Grinny

3.58 avg rating — 365 ratings — published 1973 — 9 editions
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Trillions

3.84 avg rating — 191 ratings — published 1973 — 10 editions
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A Rag, a Bone and a Hank of...

4.12 avg rating — 159 ratings — published 1980 — 7 editions
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Space Hostages

3.51 avg rating — 61 ratings — published 1967 — 9 editions
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You Remember Me!

3.80 avg rating — 41 ratings — published 1986 — 2 editions
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On The Flip Side

3.61 avg rating — 31 ratings — published 1983 — 4 editions
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Star Stormers

3.44 avg rating — 36 ratings — published 1985 — 3 editions
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Antigrav

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Grinny: Grinny & You Rememb...

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Los Encantadores de Gusanos

3.50 avg rating — 30 ratings — published 1989 — 4 editions
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“They tell you that space is emptiness, nothingness - the void. They suggest that space, empty space, is something negative. I found out that it's not! Space lives, Scott. Nothingness, emptiness, has a life all its own.”
Nicholas Fisk, Trillions

“We fought everything — each other, the Official Authority, the tea with too much sugar in it, the tea with too little sugar — everything. Perhaps now you'll begin to understand why I liked being with the twentieth-century kids. They were alive and kicking, not dead and docile.”
Nicholas Fisk, Time Trap

“Yesterday’s children got what was good for them. Today’s children get what they want. One of the things they don’t want very much is a book. Literacy itself is becoming yet another commodity in short supply.

from "One Thumping Lie Only" in The Thorny Paradise (1975)”
Nicholas Fisk
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