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Carson, Rae

Entry updated 6 January 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(1973-    ) US author, who is married to Charles Coleman Finlay; she began publishing work of genre interest with "First Waltz" in Neo-Opsis Science Fiction Magazine for 2006, almost entirely concentrating on fantasy for the first several years of her career. The Young Adult Fire and Thorns sequence beginning with The Girl of Fire and Thorns (2011) is romantic dynastic fantasy with Magic; the Gold Seer Trilogy beginning with Walk on Earth a Stranger (2015), which is set in nineteenth-century gold-rush California, follows the trials and exploits of a young girl with a dowser-like ability (see Psi Powers) to detect gold.

Carson is of specific sf interest for the Star Wars Ties Most Wanted (2018) and The Rise of Skywalker (2020), and for her first standalone novel, Any Sign of Life (2021), whose young protagonist awakens into a Near Future world that has been depopulated by a swift and savage Pandemic (see also Holocaust; Last Man; Sleeper Awakes). She gathers some survivors around her. It is discovered that Earth has undergone Invasion by Aliens. A sequel may have been designed for. [JC]

Rae Dawn Carson

born Oakland, California: 17 August 1973



Fire and Thorns

Gold Seer Trilogy

Star Wars Universe

individual titles

  • Any Sign of Life (New York: HarperCollins/Greenwillow Books, 2021) [hb/Jim Tierney]

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