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Carr, Jayge

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

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Pseudonym of US author Margery (Marj) Krueger (1940-2006), a former nuclear physicist for NASA who began to publish sf with "Alienation" in Analog for October 1976, and whose major work to date is probably her first novel, Leviathan's Deep (1979), in which star-travelling Terrans (much like 1950s Americans, particularly in their sexual politics) confront a female from a technologically primitive but culturally sophisticated humanoid race whose males are genuinely inferior. The Alien protagonist, in whose voice the tale is told, is depicted with flair, sympathy and a sense of her real differences from a human woman (see Women in SF). The Rabelais sequence – Navigator's Sindrome (1983), The Treasure in the Heart of the Maze (1985) and Rabelaisian Reprise (1988); a projected fourth volume, «Knight of a Thousand Eyes», did not appear – begins with a mildly humorous adventure, with added moral bite, about the search for a female interstellar Navigator lost on the planet Rabelais, where the powerful play out decadent fantasies on quasi-slaves bound to them by "contractual obligation". The series continues in much the same vein. In the late 1980s, Carr began to appear occasionally in best-of-the-year collections with such stories as "Chimera" (in Synergy Vol 4, anth 1989, ed George Zebrowski), a hard-edged tale of revenge and genetic manipulation set in a nightmarish future heavily influenced by Cyberpunk; she continued to publish short fiction regularly into the twenty-first century, usually in Analog. While she was not the most inventive of recent writers, Carr's stories are solidly crafted, well characterized and readable. [NT/JC]

Margery Ruth Morgenstern Krueger

born Houston, Texas: 28 July 1940

died Austin, Texas: 20 December 2006




individual titles

  • Leviathan's Deep (Garden City, New York: Doubleday and Company, 1979) [hb/Ron Discenza]


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