Chess, K

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(?   -    ) US author whose first novel, Famous Men Who Never Lived (2019), revolves around the consequences of a sudden migration into contemporary New York of 150,000 refugees – selected by lot to traverse the portal – from an Alternate World America in the throes of devastation caused by World War Three. There are attempts to fix the Jonbar Point separating the two worlds as the death here in 1909 of a man due to become a famous author in the world bound for destruction; but the primary focus of the tale is on the Americans from elsewhere who have become more or less illegal migrants in our time track. The consequent intersections and revelations are both pointed and poignant; Chess verges occasionally on Mainstream Writers of SF digressiveness, but in the end her hold on the story and its worlds remains tight. [JC]

K Chess

born United States




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