Furman, Yael

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(1973-    ) Israeli author, who began publishing work of genre interest with "Hatzvaim Ha'nechonim" ["The Right Colours"] in Bli Panika (see Online Magazines) for October 2001. For the next few years she published well-regarded short stories in Israeli genre publications, such as the magazine Chalomot Be'aspamia and the annual Anthology series Hayo Yihiye, for which she was nominated for the Geffen Prize a remarkable six times.

Her novel, Yaldei Beit Ha'zchuchit ["Children of the Glasshouse"] (2011) is notable as a genuine example of Israeli Young Adult science fiction. Set in a future Israel, the novel concerns humans genetically modified to live in water (see Genetic Engineering; Under the Sea), who exist in conditions somewhat reminiscent of Cordwainer Smith's underpeople. A human child befriends a water child against the background of a civil rights battle, partly carried out by members of the "Human League", who want the captive water people released. Though the theme of the book is not unusual in sf, the Israeli setting is uncommon and, in a nice use of location, at the end of the novel the water people are transferred to the Sea of Galilee, where they are now free – or at least freer. The novel was illustrated throughout by artist Yinon Zinger, and was based on Furman's earlier short story, "Kirot Reikim" ["Empty Walls"], winner of a first prize in a 2009 Olamot Convention short story contest. [LTi]

Yael Furman

born Ramat Gan, Israel, 7 October 1973

died

works

  • Yaldei Beit Haz'chuchit ["Children of the Glasshouse"] (Beit Shemen: Modan Publishing, 2011) [illus/pb/Yinon Zinger]

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