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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Escaping to a genre' of ideas

“To me, fantasy has always been the genre of escape, science fiction the genre of ideas. So if you can escape and have a little idea as well, maybe you have some kind of a cross-breed between the two.” – Sheri S. Tepper
Born in Colorado on this date in 1929, Tepper wrote science fiction, horror and mystery novels and also was known for her feminist science fiction, often with an eco-feminist slant.  Her novel Grass is considered a classic on this theme.   Tepper employed several pen names, including A. J. Orde, E. E. Horlak, and B. J. Oliphant, and although she stared writing late in life (in her 50s) she turned out more than 50 books. Tepper started writing under the name Sheri Stewart Eberhart, first doing children’s books and poetry but then finding her niche in the sci-fi/fantasy world.

Her book The Revenants firmly established her in the genré and in the 1990s and early 2000s she wrote a couple dozen books, including two best-selling trilogies – The Marianne Series and The Arbai Trilogy, both multiple award winners, including two Hugos.   Her 1992 stand-alone book, Beauty, won a Locus Award for Best Fantasy.   Shortly before her death in 2016 she was given the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement.

In receiving the award she said she would encourage new writers to look into the sci-fi world.  “Science fiction,” she said,  “still is an idea genré.”

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