(1912-1980) Scottish screenwriter, journalist and author, her first novel being a crime novel, Time to Change Hats (1945); most of her subsequent work, in a subtle and atmospheric style, was in the same genre. A fantasy story, "An Old-Fashioned Poker for My Uncle's Head" (August 1946 Lilliput), was reprinted in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in May 1954. Her first sf novel, The Long Way Back (1954), has become well known. Long after a 1984 nuclear Holocaust has ended European civilization, a reindustrialized and regimented African state sends a colonizing expedition to the Ruined-Earth land of legendary Great Britain, where they find white people living in caves. The denouement uneasily combines love interests, Satire and adventure. Her second novel of sf interest, The Furious Masters (1968), describes a very Near Future Britain driven to hysteria by the apparent landing of a Spaceship from Mars; the satire is again sharp. [JC]
see also: Politics.
born Lenzie, Dunbartonshire, Scotland: 19 January 1912
died 6 December 1980
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