Entry updated 29 October 2021. Tagged: Author.
(? - ) 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]
Doris Mary Brown
- Virus (London: Scholastic, 1994) [pb/Bob Corley]
- Bad Timing and Other Stories (Abingdon, Oxfordshire: Big Engine, 2001) [coll: pb/Deirdre Counihan]
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