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LP Davies 1972 Science Fiction thriller revisits Davies' intense obsession with lost identity, deception and small english country villages. Enter a world of chain smoking and gentle chauvinism where the recent past becomes the distant future.. One moment the privileged scion of a wealthy family in the pharmaceutical family deciding on his future, the next moment inexplicably a prematurely aged, poverty struck clerk working for his families' arch enemy, The Solmex Corporation: Howell Trowman battles invisible enemies and his own unreliable pysche to try and unravel the mystery of his own compromised identity.
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Leslie Purnell Davies (20 October 1914 - 6 January 1988) was a British novelist whose works typically combine elements of horror, science fiction and mystery. He also wrote many short stories under several pseudonyms. Davies' books deal with the defects, evolution or manipulation of human consciousness, and in some ways are comparable to the works of Philip K. Dick. (The premise of The Artificial Man certainly bears some resemblance to that of Dick's Time Out of Joint.) His protagonists frequently suffer from amnesia or other loss of identity, and their quest to find out who they really are drives the plot. Davies' novel The Alien (1968) was very freely adapted into the 1972 film The Groundstar Conspiracy, starring George Peppard and Michael Sarrazin. Davies worked as a pharmacist, postmaster, optometrist and gift shop owner, and served in the British Army Medical Corps in France, Italy and North Africa. A critical essay on Davies' novels can be found in S. T. Joshi's The Evolution of the Weird Tale (2004).
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Book Description Doubleday, 1973. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110385078072