(1912-1980) Scottish author, from 1945 mostly of detective novels, in a subtle and atmospheric style. 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. [JC]
see also: Politics.
born Lenzie, Sterling, Scotland: 1912
died 6 December 1980
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