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Harris, Anne

Entry updated 18 November 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(1964-2022) US author who also wrote under the pseudonyms Jessica Freely [used for gay erotic romance, not listed below] and Pearl North, and who began publishing work of genre interest with "Change Is A Dog" in Nova Express for Winter 1991. Her first novel, The Nature of Smoke (1996), is a Near Future tale that fairly effectively weaves together Drugs and apprehensions of chaos as the world becomes increasingly incomprehensible. In Accidental Creatures (1998), which is set in an oppressed Detroit, a batch of Androids is created through corporate Genetic Engineering in order to sidestep a human workforce, causing chaos until a new modus vivendi is achieved with owners (the Satire applied to these figures now seems almost mild). Inventing Memory (2004), a strongly argued Feminist presentation of the matriarchal fundament underlying our present lives, is fantasy. The Young Adult Libyrinth sequence beginning with Libyrinth (2009) as by Pearl North is set in a trifurcated Far Future world, each of the triangulated societies clearly (perhaps over-clearly) demarcated. Gender issues are raised; interpersonal relations are stressed; the value of deep-sunk cultural memories, attained through the retention and use of physical books, is promulgated. [JC]

Anne L Harris

born Detroit, Michigan: 2 May 1964

died 17 November 2022

works (selected)



  • Libyrinth (New York: Tor Teen, 2009) as by Pearl North [Libyrinth: hb/Melanie Delon]
  • Boy from Ilysies (New York: Tor Teen, 2010) as by Pearl North [Libyrinth: hb/Melanie Delon]
  • The Book of the Night (New York: Tor Teen, 2012) as by Pearl North [Libyrinth: hb/Melanie Delon]

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