Kellogg, Marjorie Bradley

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(1946-    ) US designer of theatre scenery and writer who published her first three novels as by M Bradley Kellogg to avoid confusion with another Marjorie Kellogg, but from 1991 has used her full name. Her first novel, A Rumor of Angels (1983), is unexceptional, but the Lear's Daughters sequence – The Wave and the Flame (1986) and Reign of Fire (1986), both written with NASA climatologist William B Rossow and assembled as Lear's Daughters (omni 1987) – somewhat more interestingly devotes much attention to the Ecology and violent climatic extremes of a potential colony planet, though the conflict between the advocates of exploitation and those of alliance with the pacific cave-dwelling weather-predicting natives lacks originality; and the tale fails to resolve some confusions between apparent Mythology and actual science (> Weather Control) as principles of explanation. Her second sequence, the Dragon Quartet [for titles see Checklist] is fantasy.

Kellogg's second singleton, Harmony (1991), is a large and ambitious tale set on an Earth dominated by centuries of Pollution, with almost all humans now living in large, strictly controlled domes (> Keeps). But some artists – here Kellogg again shows an untoward softness of mind – have somehow managed to live in the open, and the book moves slowly towards a wholesome resolution of the conflict between ensuring safety and embracing the world. [JC]

Marjorie Bradley Kellogg

born Cambridge, Massachusetts: 30 August 1946

died

works

series

Lear's Daughters

  • The Wave and the Flame (New York: New American Library/Signet Books, 1986) with William B Rossow [Lear's Daughters: pb/R Courtney]
  • Reign of Fire (New York: New American Library/Signet Books, 1986) with William B Rossow [Lear's Daughters: pb/R Courtney]
    • Lear's Daughters (New York: Science Fiction Book Club, 1987) with William B Rossow [omni of the above two: Lear's Daughters: hb/]
      • Lear's Daughters (New York: DAW Books, 2009) with William B Rossow [omni: rev of the above: Lear's Daughters: hb/Alan Brooks]

Dragon Quartet

individual titles

  • A Rumor of Angels (New York: New American Library/Signet Books, 1983) [pb/Keith Eugene Johnson]
  • Harmony (New York: Penguin Books/Roc, 1991) [pb/]

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