So, now that we know how this works, here’s your Essential introduction to one of the unique voices of British science fiction: John Middleton Murry, Jr, who wrote his best work under the pen name Richard Cowper . . .
The son of the famous critic John Middleton Murry, Cowper announced himself to the science fiction world in 1967 with Breakthrough, which found favour for a subtlety and richness of characterisation not seen in most contemporary SF. But it was the idea of a transformed future England became his signature leitmotif and it is this theme that is explored in what is generally considered his best stand-alone work, The Twilight of Briareus and which informs his crowning achievement, the Corlay sequence: the introductory novella ‘Piper at the Gates of Dawn’ and the novels The Road to Corlay, A Dream of Kinship and A Tapestry of Time.