Working name of US author Misha Nogha Chocholak (1955- ), of Native American (Metis-Cree) background, who began publishing material of genre interest with Prayers of Steel (coll 1989 chap), which assembles some fantasy Poetry; her second collection, Ke-Qua-Hawk-As (coll 1993), similarly incorporates poems, intermixed with stories based on Native American material. Her sf novel, Red Spider White Web (1990), describes in dark terms a congested Cyberpunk America, dominated by Japan and afflicted by Climate Change, where sanitized Keeps called "Mickey-sans" shelter their lobotomized inhabitants from the excremental waste and Pollution outside. Rather drowned by this venue is the inherently romantic story of a dedicated Native American artist, who has been gengineered (see Genetic Engineering) into a being half-human half-wolverine, and whose intransigent attempts to do her work run afoul of surreally caricatured figures from the corrupted mire. The ending is grim.
As Michelle Chocolak, Misha was an influential fiction editor at New Pathways. [JC]
Misha Nogha Chocholak
born St Paul, Minnesota: April 1955
- Dr. Ihoka's Cure (Oregon: Pelzmantel Publications, 1993) [nonfiction: illus/pb/Richard A Schindler]
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