Dibell, Ansen

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Pseudonym of US author Nancy Dibble (1942-2006) whose sf sequence, the Strange and Fantastic History of the King of Kantmorie, comprises five Planetary Romances, though only the first three – Pursuit of the Screamer (1978), Circle, Crescent, Star (1981) and Summerfair (1982) – have appeared in their original language. For English readers, the outcome of the sequence will remain unclear, along with its potential stature as a work of art, until the appearance in English of the final volumes, «Tidestorm Limit» and «The Sun of Return» [see Checklist below for French titles]. The sequence is set in a world inhabited by Genetically Engineered races in exile from a forgotten galactic civilization, along with a dying group of Clones, and intimately affected by an organic Computer named Shai which (or who) is also an animate Spaceship; Shai eventually offers the male protagonist the opportunity of space flight, but the outcome of the sequence is unclear, especially with regard to the "households" whose female residents share ESP powers, specifically that of empathy. The resemblance to aspects of Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover sequence may diminish in the untranslated volumes. [JC]

Nancy Ann Dibell

born New York: 8 September 1942

died Cincinnati, Ohio: 7 March 2006

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series

Strange and Fantastic History of the King of Kantmorie

  • Pursuit of the Screamer (New York: DAW Books, 1978) [Strange and Fantastic History of the King of Kantmorie: pb/Gino D'Achille]
  • Circle, Crescent, Star (New York: DAW Books, 1981) [Strange and Fantastic History of the King of Kantmorie: pb/Ken W Kelly]
  • Summerfair (New York: DAW Books, 1982) [Strange and Fantastic History of the King of Kantmorie: pb/Ken W Kelly]
  • Aux Confins de l'ouragan (Paris: Paris Editions OPTA/Collection club du libre d'anticipation, 1985) [trans by Daniel Lemoine of unpublished English manuscript of «Tidestorm Limit»: Strange and Fantastic History of the King of Kantmorie: pb/Ken W Kelly]
  • Le soleil de grand retour (Paris: Paris Editions OPTA/Collection club du libre d'anticipation, 1985) [trans by Daniel Lemoine of «The Sun of Return»: Strange and Fantastic History of the King of Kantmorie: pb/Jean-Claude Hadi]
  • Beyond Words, Beyond Silence (Massapequa Park, New York: Cinemaker Press, 1992) as by Nan Dibble [tie to the television series: Beauty and the Beast: pb/Kevin Barnes]

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