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Felice, Cynthia

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(1942-    ) US author who began publishing sf with "Longshanks" for Galileo #2 in 1976. Her first novel, Godsfire (1978), depicts an Alien planet inhabited by felines who dominate the local humans but who have never seen their sun because of the unending rain. Almost too well constructed – almost facile in its zestful plotting – the book demonstrated Felice's technical skill, her romantic inclinations and a tendency to slough off hard solutions. Her next book, The Sunbound (1981), for instance, failed to produce a protagonist capable of hewing to Felice's intricate plot demands without seeming an arbitrary creation, yet the family romance at the tale's heart required characters who could be intrinsically believed in. Of her later solo singletons, Downtime (1985) interestingly combined a longevity intrigue in a distant solar system, aliens, and romance, but The Khan's Persuasion (1991) once again demonstrated a gap between the quality of her sf perceptions and the easy flow of the plotty romance idiom through which she presents characters. Felice's three collaborations with Connie Willis, Water Witch (1982), Light Raid (1989) and Promised Land (1997), benefit from Willis's significantly harsher mind but are still somewhat breathily plotted. [JC]

see also: Weapons.

Cynthia Lindgren Felice

born Chicago, Illinois: 12 October 1942



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