MacLennan, Phyllis

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(1920-2012) US translator, actor and author who began publishing work of genre interest with "A Contract in Karasthan" for Fantastic Stories of the Imagination (see Fantastic) in July 1963, her best-known tale being "Thus Love Betrays Us" (September 1972 F&SF). Her sf novel, Turned Loose on Irdra (1970), subverts its orthodox frame – the protagonist is sent to a planet whose civilization (see Life on Other Worlds) is about to be inducted into the Galactic Union (see Galactic Empire) – through its revelation that the insectoid natives of Irdra truly differ from the norm: they are anarchists, with no government (see Politics) to induct. [JC]

Phyllis MacLennan

born Bethlehem, Pennsylvania: 14 November 1920

died Mt Pleasant, South Carolina: 8 January 2012

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