(1898-1983) US scriptwriter, investigator for the California State Assembly Committee on Un-American Activities, and author who began publishing sf with the novella "The Shining City" for Science Fiction Quarterly, May 1952, and with her first novel, The Red Court [for subtitle see Checklist] (1952), whose negative analysis of Communism and its planned takeover of America – including the use of fluoridation to tame recalcitrant populations – ventures into the Near Future. She subsequently restricted herself to novels, like Beyond the Sealed World (1965), based on «Beyond These Walls» (unpublished due to Shasta: Publishers' bankruptcy), a Dystopia set in a Ruined Earth America, where a sterile society locked in Keeps is contrasted with the barbarous culture in the wastelands outside. Taurus Four (1970) combines Satire with Space Opera in a story containing hippies lost on another planet, a sociologist and an alien Invasion. In The Day After Doomsday: A Fantasy of Time Travel (1970) twelve selected survivors of a nuclear Holocaust are lectured by their Secret Master saviours, the Forerunner race from another planet which had bred humans on Earth in the first place. [JC]
see also: Cities; Post-Holocaust.
Rena Marie Vale
born Yavapai County, Arizona Territory: 30 January 1898
died Tucson, Arizona: February 1983
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