Singh, Vandana

Tagged: Author

(?   -    ) Indian-born teacher and author, currently in the USA, who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Room on the Roof" in Polyphony (anth 2002) edited by Jay Lake and Deborah Layne. With the exception of the two short volumes in the Younguncle sequence for younger children, beginning with Younguncle Comes to Town (2004 chap), she has written no full-length works, though both Of Love and Other Monsters (2007 chap) and Distances (2008 chap) are ambitious, and "Infinities" (in The Woman Who Thought She Was a Planet and Other Stories coll 2008), is a significant exercise in what might be called the science fiction of recognition: the life of a mathematics teacher in a small Indian city is interwoven with his long-frustrated ambition to understand the scientific meaning of infinity; in the end, grunt reality is briefly transcended by a tour of the true infinity-embracing Multiverse, his guide being one of the farishte or cherubim who have haunted his existence with moiré hints of Conceptual Breakthrough. Then he returns to his human lot. Much of the power of Singh's work lies in deft use of Genre SF tropes without surrendering her larger world to their simplicities. [JC]

Vandana Singh

born New Delhi, India

died

works

series

Younguncle

individual titles

  • Of Love and Other Monsters (Seattle, Washington: Aqueduct Press, 2007) [novella: chap: in the publisher's Conversation Pieces series: pb/Lynne Jensen Lampe and Pam Sanders]
  • The Woman Who Thought She Was a Planet and Other Stories (New Delhi, India/Zubaan Books/New Delhi, India: Penguin Books India, 2008) [coll: pb/Anita Roy]
  • Distances (Seattle, Washington: Aqueduct Press, 2008) [novella: in the publisher's Conversation Pieces series: pb/Thomas E Duchamp and Lynne Jensen Lampe]

works as editor

links

Previous versions of this entry

Website design and build: STEEL

Site ©2011 Gollancz, SFE content ©2011 SFE Ltd.