Science-Fiction and Fantasy Writer
Johnmorressy, The Independent (London, England)
John Morressy may have been too modest and too funny a human being to capitalise fully on his double career. He was a successful Professor of English, and then Writer Emeritus, at Franklin Pierce College in New Hampshire from 1968' and he was a prolific author of science fiction
and fantasy, publishing at least 25 novels and many stories.
His life began in Brooklyn, where he was born in 1930, and where, after army service, he took his BA in 1953 from St John's University. In 1961, hetookagrad-uate degree from New York University, whose Manhattan campus in those years was intensely urban, and quite remark-ably scruffy. Some of this city grit seems to have fed into his early work, novels like Starbrat (1972) and Nail Down the Stars (1973), conspicuously dark, jazzed-up space operas whose protagonists -like dwellers in a great city - never know the whole story, but somehow survive and prosper in the interstices of an extremely noisy environment.
But, by the time he had begun to publish fiction, Morressy had already moved to south-western New Hampshire, in the heart of "rural" New England, aregion that is rural in the sense that, say, the county of Kent is rural. In both regions, intensely settled valleys, whose inhabi-tantsoften commute to large urban centres, hug downs and the very high hills known to New Englanders as mountains.
It is intimate country, a land of mists and turns highly evocative of fantasy, and …
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Publication information: Article title: Science-Fiction and Fantasy Writer. Contributors: Johnmorressy - Author. Newspaper title: The Independent (London, England). Publication date: April 1, 2006. Page number: 36. © 2009 The Independent - London. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.