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Johnny Byrne and the Yugoslav wars

Various sources are reporting the death of Johnny Byrne, who wrote much of the hit series All Creatures Great and Small (based on the pseudonymous reminiscences of Yorkshire vet "James Herriot", and starring among others a youthful Peter Davison) and also wrote three Doctor Who stories, The Keeper of Traken, Arc of Infinity and Warriors of the Deep (two of which also starred an only slightly less youthful Peter Davison).

Mercifully, few Who fans will be aware of Byrne's peculiar participation on Usenet newsgroups discussing the break-up of Yugoslavia in the mid-1990s. He was determined to demonstrate the evils of the 1941-45 Croatian regime, which were indeed manifest and horrible, but went too far in appearing to argue that the deeds of the Croats fifty years before excused or exonerated the activities of the Serbs in the more recent conflict. The archives are all there on Google; but they basically demonstrate that he was more successful when writing his own fiction than when trying to peddle other people's.


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Apr. 4th, 2008 11:42 pm (UTC)
Good heavens! Worse than the elaboration, exaggeration and extrapolation of which Anthony Read and David Fisher are accused concerning their books on the Second World War...
Apr. 5th, 2008 03:35 am (UTC)
That, well. wow. We all can only hope we've a better-looking records on USENET than the late Mr. Byrne.
Apr. 5th, 2008 10:45 am (UTC)
You forgot that he also wrote for Space:1999.
Apr. 5th, 2008 11:42 am (UTC)
A deliberate omission; I never watched it!
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