Solomon, Rivers

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(?   -    ) US author whose first novel, An Unkindness of Ghosts (2017), is set in a Generation Starship many years into its journey. The SF Megatext provides a generous range of likelihoods for this setting to illuminate, some of which Solomon duly invokes: the ritualized maintenance procedures designed to keep the ship and its inhabitants in order; the hierarchized society, whose ruler may be a figurehead and whose Secret Masters may only be uncovered late in the action; the rebel teenager; the fact that the destination is now unknown, and may have always been hoax (see Ship of Fools). But Solomon makes deft use of this material. Her black female protagonist, though reminiscent of Robert A Heinlein's competent man, is at the same time luminous with interactive presence as she mediates between the black underclass (see Race in SF; Slavery). Solomon is a knowledgeable writer, who honours tradition while significantly re-using older topoi for new purposes. [JC]

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