Roberts, Jane

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Working name of US author Jane Roberts Butts (1929-1984), perhaps best remembered for such speculative works as Dialogues of the Soul & Mortal Self in Time (1975), which take the form of a series of connected poems. She began publishing work of genre interest with "The Red Wagon" for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in December 1956. Her sf novel The Rebellers (1963 dos) provides a melodramatic mix of Overpopulation and Ecology themes as successive waves of plague answer humanity's problems by nearly eliminating the race for good. More typical of her later concerns is the Oversoul Seven sequence beginning with The Education of Oversoul #7 (1973), a transcendental parable about the meaning of reality and time and space, whose student protagonist inhabits the bodies and souls of four humans from different periods, ranging from 35,000 BCE to 2300 CE, and who discovers en passant the profound simultaneity of all realities; its sequels are The Further Education of Oversoul Seven (1979) and Oversoul Seven and the Museum of Time (1984). Emir's Education in the Proper Use of Magical Powers (1979) is a Young Adult tale. Roberts published many further titles of mystical speculation. [JC]

Jane Roberts Butts

born Saratoga Springs, New York: 8 May 1929

died Elmira, New York: 5 September 1984

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