Ertz, Susan

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(1887-1985) UK author of popular novels, very probably pseudonymous, active for much of the century and perhaps now most famous for one quote from her novel Anger in the Sky (1943): "Millions long for immortality who don't know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon." Her sf novel, Woman Alive (1935), borrows wholesale from John Buchan's The Gap in the Curtain (1932), sharing the opening premise in which a private viewing into the Near Future is facilitated by a central European philosopher-mystic who is dying. In Woman Alive, however, a single woman survives, after the infliction of a man-made Pandemic that has killed most of humanity in the course of something like World War Three. The tale has some Feminist leanings, but ends conventionally with the protagonist discovering and marrying a chosen man (see Adam and Eve). [JC/KM]

Susan Ertz

born Walton-on-Thames, Surrey: 13 February 1887 [1894 often wrongly given]

died Kent, England: 11 April 1985

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