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Brooks-Dalton, Lily

Entry updated 19 December 2022. Tagged: Author.

(1987-    ) US author whose first novel, Good Morning, Midnight (2016), depicts a Near Future that may have been brought to silence by a Disaster, though none is specified. The main protagonist, an astronomer entering old age on Earth, seems convinced at points that he is the Last Man left, though he is soon involved in keeping a small girl alive in his abandoned observatory. Seemingly at the same point in time, the crew of an exploratory Spaceship, having evaluated the possibility of inhabiting a planet discovered decades earlier by the astronomer, are en route back to Earth with news, but must be warned of the doom that seems to have befallen the planet. The novel was filmed as The Midnight Sky (2020) directed by George Clooney.

Brooks-Dalton's second novel The Light Pirate(2022) initially set in Near Future Florida after the federal government has abandoned it to the elements, tracks the life of its protagonist from infancy in a world wracked by Climate Change through decades of coping with the turmoils of what seems to become a Ruined Earth (see Survivalist Fiction), during the course of which she seems to become (as per the title of the tale) a kind of manifestation of what may be Gaia. After some decades she and her compatriots discover a loose-flung Pastoral Utopia, where they may continue to survive. [JC]

Lily Brooks-Dalton

born Brattleboro, Vermont: 1987



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