Richmond, Leigh

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(1911-1995) US author who began publishing with Prologue to an Analogue (June 1961 Analog; 2009 ebook). Her further stories and her several sf novels were mostly written and published in collaboration with her husband, Walt Richmond; three novels were revised by her after his death. Almost all their work together expressed a sense – one formally presented by the Centric Foundation which they founded and directed – that scientific breakthroughs could be made by young minds freed of the bureaucratic artifices of orthodox scientific thinking; unfortunately, overloaded Space-Opera plotting did little to make their novels convincing emblems of this new clarity, and the exaggerated individualism they expressed seemed less mould-breaking than nostalgic. They published frequently in Analog, which also ran the one-off collaboration "There is a Tide" (January 1968 Analog) by Leigh Richmond and R C FitzPatrick.

Novels by Leigh and Walter Richmond were Shock Waves (1967 dos), The Lost Millennium (1967 dos; rev vt Siva! 1979), which typically suggests that a new source of solar energy was first exploited by prehistoric Supermen, Phoenix Ship (1969 dos; rev vt Phase Two 1980), Gallagher's Glacier (1970 dos; rev 1979), which depicts a Dystopian galaxy run by private corporations, Challenge the Hellmaker (October-November 1963 Analog as "'Where I Wasn't Going'"; exp 1976) and The Probability Corner (1977). Stories were collected as Positive Charge (coll 1970 dos). A further sf novel published after long silence is Blindsided (1993) as Leigh Richmond-Donahue, with Dick Richmond-Donahue. [JC/DRL]

Leigh Tucker Richmond

born 21 April 1911

died Haywood, North Carolina: 14 July 1995

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