(1936-2017) UK writer and editor, married to Michael Moorcock 1962-1978, who during the earlier part of her career wrote about 15 sf and fantasy stories, including "The Fall of Frenchy Steiner" (July/August 1964 New Worlds), a Hitler Wins tale whose Jonbar Point is the German decision not to invade Russia in 1941, and "Everything Blowing Up: An Adventure of Una Persson, Heroine of Time and Space" (in Interfaces, anth 1980, ed Ursula K Le Guin and Virginia Kidd); plus one story, "In Reason's Ear" (June 1965 Science Fantasy) as by Pippin Graham; she was also the uncredited co-author with Moorcock of The Black Corridor (1969). After Moorcock's New Worlds died as a magazine but was reincarnated as the occasional anthology series New Worlds Quarterly, she joined Charles Platt as co-editor of New Worlds 7 (anth 1974; vt New Worlds #6 1975), until the series stopped with New Worlds 10 (anth 1976).
Most of Bailey's subsequent work as a novelist was mainstream fiction with occasional sf elements, as in All the Days of my Life (1984), her almost successful bid for the bestseller market, which is essentially an updated Moll Flanders (by Daniel Defoe ) that begins in 1941 and ends in 1996. Another example is A Stranger to Herself (1989), which is set in what was then the very Near Future of 1991. Frankenstein's Bride (1995) rewrites Mary Shelley's Frankenstein; Or, the Modern Prometheus (1818) by having the eponymous Baron (this time around) keep his word and manufacture a bride for his Monster (the title is misleading). Fifty-First State (2008) is a Near Future political thriller set in a Britain whose Conservative Party may be taking the country into American hands.Several of Bailey's other novels – including Hannie Richards; Or The Intrepid Adventures of a Restless Wife (1985), Cassandra: Princess of Troy (1993), The Strange Adventures of Charlotte Holmes: Sister of the More Famous Sherlock (1994) and Miles and Flora: A Sequel to Henry James' The Turn of the Screw (1997) – have fantastic elements (see also Sequels by Other Hands). [PN/JC]
see also: Suspended Animation.
Hilary D Bailey
born Bromley, Kent: 19 September 1936
died London: 18 January 2017
works as editor
New Worlds: New Worlds Quarterly
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