Wren, M K

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Working name of US author Martha Kay Renfroe (1938-2016) who initially concentrated on mysteries, the Conan Flagg series being nonfantastic. Her Phoenix Legacy trilogy – Sword of the Lamb (1981), Shadow of the Swan (1981) and House of the Wolf (1981) – uses a carefully thought out Future History to justify an intricate plot compounded of Space Opera, romance and political thriller elements, which moves, with some awkwardness but more panache, from Planetary Romance complications in a Ruined Earth venue outward into a maturely conceived Space Opera universe. A Gift Upon the Shore (1990) is, perhaps, rather more sober, but more evenly sustained: an ambitious and eloquently written Post-Holocaust sf novel, set in the years after World War Three has created a nuclear winter along the Pacific Rim. In this harsh environment, two women seek to preserve knowledge – in the form of books – for future and more fortunate generations, in the face of destructive and attemptedly murderous enmity from the Religious zealots (Christian fundamentalists) who find heresy (ie references to Evolution) in their books, but with whom one of them must learn to live. [JC/JGr/JBe]

Martha Kay Renfroe

born Amarillo, Texas: 5 June 1938

died Lincoln City, Oregon: 20 August 2016

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Phoenix Legacy

  • Sword of the Lamb (New York: Berkley Books, 1981) [Phoenix Legacy: pb/Franco Accornero]
  • Shadow of the Swan (New York: Berkley Books, 1981) [Phoenix Legacy: pb/Franco Accornero]
  • Shadow of the Swan (New York: Berkley Books, 1981) [Phoenix Legacy: pb/Franco Accornero]

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