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Archie Gerard is a writer, physicist, inventor and occasional activist. Married, and based in Scotland, he looks after a Jack Russel terrier, Shrodinger the cat and two fox-defying hens.
Early years were spent gluing and painting plastic models, with space and science fiction figuring strongly. Space gun shoot outs and tin robots were interspersed with adventure comics (one featured Archie the Robot). On TV he watched in awe the dawn a new SF series — Doctor Who, with its eerie theme tune by Ron Grainer and Delia Derbyshire and the terrifying but highly focused Daleks. Like many small boys of that era he found great satisfaction in brandishing a rubber sink plunger and relentlessly croaking ‘EXTERMINATE . . . EXTERMINATE’ at any adult foolish enough to stray into range.
Science culture/science fact intermingled in his formative years. As the Apollo 11 Space mission landed on the moon, David Bowie’s single ‘Space Oddity’, released nine days earlier, played on the radio, wistful, a tale of fictional astronaut, Major Tom, escaping the bonds of planet earth, but to what avail. Progressive rock was huge, as were the concerts, bands, lapels and trouser legs. This was the era of Yes, Pink Floyd and the short-lived, King Crimson.
Interest in science fiction writing stemmed from the work of John Wyndham, especially the Day of the Triffids. Having read most of Orwell’s novels, it was the dystopia of 1984 that influenced (as did Huxley’s Brave New World), but he takes the view that Zamyatin’s ‘We’ which prefigured them both, deserves greater recognition. Voyage to Acturus, by Davis Lyndsay, is also valued for its insight into the almost limitless power of the imagination.
Education included lots of science and maths and a degree in physics, but, although he still finds science fascinating, he sees the formal avenues as didactic and stifling and believes there is a great need for diversity and creative outlets .
His writing is an exploration of ideas, possible futures and a way of challenging boundaries and crossover. Treating a situation in fiction as a thought experiment, is, he believes, a fascinating and valuable way of considering our actions, values, direction, relationships, and of having fun.