Goodman, Allegra

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(1967-    ) US author, most of whose fiction has been nonfantastic, beginning with her first novel, Kaaterskill Falls (1998). She is of sf interest for The Other Side of the Island (2008), a distant Near Future Dystopian tale set in a kind of Ruined Earth: the planet is now virtually covered by the rising waters caused by Climate Change, leaving only a farflung Archipelago of loosely connected Islands. Much of the action takes place on Island 365, where the young protagonist, under the tutelage of her unconventional scientist parents, learns to distrust the restrictive social order – involving worship of a tyrannical Earth Mother, which is in fact a corporation – and to dispute the contortions of truth and impositions of Religious fundamentalism caused by the failure of the government's Weather Control schemes to calm the planet through techno-occultish Technological fixes: walls everywhere, and a sky ceiling to shut nature down. [JC]

Allegra Goodman

born New York: 5 July 1967

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