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Philip is from Scotland, where he earned an honours degree at Aberdeen. He became a teacher of English and has lived most of the time in Turkey and France. He has written on leanguage learning — a subject discussed elsewhere in the very issue — and his first literary works were translations of two stories by Marcel Schwob. He has published a collection of horror stories and has published stories in other anthologies, as well. He currently writes a blog of political satire and horror.
In fact, “The Extinction Game” does raise the question whether there is much, if any, distinction between political satire and horror. Readers may benefit somewhat from knowing the rules of cricket, but if they don’t, they can easily surmise what is taking place.
Sports announcers are going over the top, professional athletes are engaged in deadly violence, and, perhaps as usual, the game is rigged. As for the combat between the “Greens” and the “Anti-Ecologists” over the fate of the panda, it’s quite incidental; it could be about any highly divisive social, economic or political issues of the day.
Philip Murray-Lawson’s bio sketch can be found here.
Welcome to Bewildering Stories, Philip. We hope to hear from you again soon and often!
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