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Girod, Gary

Entry updated 21 November 2022. Tagged: Author.

(1990-    ) US author whose first work of sf interest is a novella, The Last Pet Shop in Belfast (2012 ebook), set in a Dystopian Near Future Belfast after an unspecified apocalypse (but see Climate Change; Post-Holocaust); the protagonist's loss of Belfast's last dog is treated with some emblematic force. Girod's first full novel, The Maiden Voyage of New York City (2020), begins in a flooded New York not dissimilar to the City anatomized in Kim Stanley Robinson's 2140 (2017); both tales centrally incorporate Climate Change into their explanatory frameworks; distant echoes of James Blish's Cities in Space sequence can be heard in the central action of the tale. In The Afghan Wedding (2022), an Afghan women is suddenly Teleported – seemingly in error – to an American military base in the Antarctic, from which crack troops are teleported over the world to stamp out America's enemies. It is typical of Girod's work in general that her protagonist's response to crisis is proactive. [JC]

Gary Girod

born Salem, Oregon: 1990


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