Entry updated 25 October 2021. Tagged: Author.
(1974- ) UK author who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Career of Edward Northam" in New Writings in the Fantastic (anth 2007) edited by John Grant. Later she designed and wrote for the Alternate Reality Game Zombies, Run! (see also Zombies), later collaborating with her 2012 Rolex Mentor Margaret Atwood on The Happy Sunrise Zombie Home (24 October 2012-January 2013 Wattpad.com web).
After two well-received nonfantastic novels, Alderman's first sf tale, Borrowed Time (2011) as Naomi A Alderman, is a Tie to the Doctor Who universe, specifically to the Doctor Who New Series subset of that universe. Of perhaps broader interest is The Power (2016), a Near Future Dystopia, or Utopia if its transformations of Homo sapiens can be understood as Satire-laced affirmation (see Feminism); the dedication to Atwood places it firmly in an array of novels mostly by women (see Women SF Writers) with critically ambivalent takes on utopia/dystopia. The Power, which is initially Young Adult, focuses primarily on the lives of three teenage girls after – almost by Magic, though ostensibly via a Psi Power that gives women organic power over electricity – women find themselves able at whim to inflict pain and death upon males. Soon males and females change places, with men suffering through this role reversal the oppressions women had experienced for millennia. The tale darkens, as its protagonists begin to understand the complexities of power, and the costs inherent to any skewed world (such as ours). This book won the non-genre-aligned Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction. [JC]
Naomi A Alderman
born London: 23 October 1974
Doctor Who New Series
- Borrowed Time (London: BBC Books, 2011) as Naomi A Alderman [tie to the series universe: Doctor Who New Series: hb/]
- The Power (London: Viking, 2016) [hb/]
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