Entry updated 25 October 2021. Tagged: Author.
Pseudonym of UK author, playwright and sometime teacher, actor, editor and publisher Helen White (1947- ). Her first novel The Birth Machine (1983; text restored 1996) is dark semi-surrealist sf with ingredients of Feminism, built around an initially conforming citizen stirred to rebel. Baines states that inappropriate editing on its first appearance led her to self-publish a second edition as an "author's cut". The novel was adapted as a BBC Radio 4 Monday Play, broadcast 1992. Her second novel Body Cuts (1988) retains the dark slipstream tone but without sf elements. Baines has been prolific in well-received radio plays and literary short stories, with only very occasional genre content. [DR]
born Bridgend, South Wales: 1947
- The Birth Machine (London: The Women's Press, 1983) [pb/Hannah Firmin]
- The Birth Machine: The Author's Cut (Manchester, England: Starling Editions, 1996) [rev: text restored: pb/photographic]
- Body Cuts (London: Pandora Press, 1988) [pb/Rachel Ross]
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