''US poet and novelist whose sf is almost entirely restricted to two sequences of erotic novels published by Essex House at the end of the 1960s, though he published a very few stories earlier. The first sequence, the Agency series -- ''The Agency'' (1968), ''The Agent'' (1968) and ''How Many Blocks in the Pile?'' (1969) -- is a remarkably savage satire of a near-future USA through a plot whose erotic nature (a young man is indoctrinated by the eponymous organization into sexual slavery, and himself becomes an agent for his masters) can readily be seen as a metaphor illustrating the nature of post-industrial society. This vision is even more sharply focused in the Brain Plant sequence -- comprising Brain Plant #1: ''Lovely'' (1969), #2: ''Healer'' (1969), #3: ''Out'' (1969) and #4: ''Glue Factory'' (1969) -- in which cartoonlike characters ricochet surreally through a disjointed USA in a pre-programmed search for theme-park sex, while the secret masters -- in this case the military-industrial complex -- rule on. Most of DM's work, from his first book, ''Poems'' (coll 1957 chap), has been poetry, and he can be seen as a very late member of the Beat Generation; his roots in that tradition help make clear the intersection of erotic excess and political protest in his work'' (John Clute/ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SF). Fine (unread) copy.
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