Ames, Mildred

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(1919-1994) US author of novels for older children, a few of them fantasy. Of sf interest is Is There Life on a Plastic Planet? (1975), which effectively transforms the Paranoid theme of substitution – in this case a shop contains dolls identical to the young women its owner attempts to suborn – into a resonant tale of adolescence and identity. Questions of identity also lie at the heart of Anna to the Infinite Power (1981), whose protagonist sees another girl in her mirror image, eventually uncovering an experiment in cloning (see Clones). [JC]

Mildred Walsh Ames

born Bridgeport, Connecticut: 2 November 1919

died Los Angeles, California: 20 July 1994

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