(1944- ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Joining" (June 1984 F&SF); much of her later fiction comprises historical novels set in her native Oregon, and her first book – Outside the Gates (1986), a Young Adult fantasy – is also set in a world both mountainous and pastoral. Her first sf novel, The Dazzle of Day (1997), is set mostly in a Generation Starship inhabited by a complex familial mix of folk, mostly Quakers, who are depicted with a gravity sometimes reminiscent of the work of Ursula K Le Guin, especially when Gloss treats her enclosed society as an Ecology viewed through an Anthropological lens. The ship's arrival on a mountainous and (austerely) pastoral planet is narrated mutedly. Wild Life (2000) follows its early-twentieth-century cigar-smoking Feminist into the mountains of next-door Washington in search of a lost girl, engaging there in epiphanic experiences with Mountain Giants (see Lost Race; Monsters); the novel won the James Tiptree Jr Award for 2001. Gloss's use of the fantastic is supple, almost off-hand, but ultimately justifies her use of a wide range of tropes to engage her readers in the intensely realized local region that dominates her work. [JC]
see also: Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award.
born Portland, Oregon: 20 November 1944
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