(1940- ) Australian author, science journalist and lecturer in the history and philosophy of science. Love has been publishing short fiction – not all sf – since 1985, her first story of genre interest being "The Laws of Life" for Westerly #30 in that year, about a student of Biology whose empathy with other living things seems unmannerly in Homo sapiens; she has won a number of Australian Mainstream awards for her stories. Her astringent sf Fabulations are assembled in The Total Devotion Machine and Other Stories (coll 1989), Evolution Annie and Other Stories (coll 1993) – which includes a novella Equipoisal between sf and fantasy, "The Daughters of Darius", in which Alexander the Great and Darius extend their War forever, into space – and The Traveling Tide (coll 2005 chap); her work is wry, intelligent, deadpan ironic, and frequently funny; and, directly or indirectly, often focuses on issues of Communication: between humans; between humans and other Earth species; and with Aliens. "Evolution Annie" (in Heroines, anth 1991, ed Dale Spencer) sharpens this focus in an sf fable whose protagonist, an ur-Mother of the fledgling human race, invents Exogamy as a cultural stimulant; the Feminist element in her writing manifests here, in a tale which could be seen as a kind of counter-version of Roy Lewis's What We Did to Father (1960). She received the Chandler Award in 2009. [PN/JC]
see also: Australia.
Rosaleen Lucille Love
born Sydney, New South Wales: 1940
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