Steele, Mary Q

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(1922-1992) US author for children and for the Young Adult market, who also wrote as by Wilson Gage, under which name she wrote the Mrs Gaddy fantasies for younger readers [not listed below]; much of her work was nonfiction. Her first work of some interest in the field of the fantastic, Secret of the Fiery Gorge (1960) as by Wilson Gage, is fantasy. Work of sf interest includes The Journey Outside (1969), whose protagonists, who live Underground in Pocket Universe environment, escape upwards to the light of a new Earth; The First of the Penguins (1973), a Science Fantasy tale whose protagonists escape a Dystopian world through Time Travel into magic worlds; and Because of the Sand Witches There (1975), featuring a small talking lobster whose origins may be extraterrestrial, though nothing is made explicit. [JC]

Mary Quintard Govan Steele

born Chattanooga, Tennessee: 8 May 1922

died Chapel Hill, North Carolina: 6 July 1992

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