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Brown, Molly

Entry updated 11 August 2018. Tagged: Author.

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(?   -    ) Working name of American-born UK stand-up comedienne and author Doris Mary Brown, who began publishing work of genre interest with "Bad Timing" (December 1991 Interzone); this won the BSFA Award for best short story of that year. The black humour of the tale – its inept Time-Travelling protagonist basically leaves the woman whose photograph he has fallen in love with to die of old age – is characteristic of her best work in that hilarity and a complexly gritty view of human nature cohabit easily, as demonstrated in her first collection, Bad Timing and Other Stories (coll 2001). Her first novel, Virus (1994), is a Young Adult tale set in a post-Disaster Chicago, where relict Computers seem to be haunted by a malevolent entity. [JC]

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