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Byrne, Monica

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(1981-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Comedy at Kualoa" in Electric Velocipede #21/#22 for Fall 2010. Her first novel, The Girl in the Road (2014), is largely set in a Near Future some decades hence in which Africa is the newest superpower, India occupies the former superpower role of the faded USA, and a remarkable pontoon bridge known as the Trail – intelligent and self-repairing – makes it possible to walk across the Arabian Sea from India to Ethiopia, a journey undertaken by one of the two time-separated female protagonists. The still-shifting Linguistics, Politics and Gender issues of this richly changed world are explored in considerable detail. The Girl in the Road tied for the James Tiptree Jr Award. [DRL]

Monica Byrne

born Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: 13 July 1981



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