John Sladek was born in Iowa in 1937 but moved to the UK in 1966, where he became involved with the British New Wave movement, centred on Michael Moorcock‘s groundbreaking New Worlds magazine. Sladek began writing SF with ‘The Happy Breed’, which appeared in Harlan Ellison‘s seminal anthology Dangerous Visions in 1967, and is now recognized as one of SF’s most brilliant satirists. His 1980 novel, Roderick, was shortlisted for the Philip K. Dick Award, and 1883’s Tik Tok – a dark satire about a robot unconstrained by Asimov’s Three Laws – was shortlisted for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award and won the BSFA Award. After twenty years in the UK, Sladek returned to the United States in 1986, and died there in March 2000.
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