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Kennedy, Leigh

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(1951-    ) US author, in the UK since 1985; married to Christopher Priest 1988-2011. Her sf stories, beginning with "Salamander" in Analog for June 1977, combine generic sharpness of address and a "literary" density. "Her Furry Face" (mid-December 1983 Asimov's), perhaps her best-known single work, exemplifies this duality of effect in a striking presentation of love between species, human and primate (see Apes as Human), expressed disastrously through an attempt at Sex; it was assembled, with very various companions, in Faces (coll 1986). The Journal of Nicholas the American (1986) depicts with alarming exactitude the anguish of paranormal empathy (see ESP), which drives the young man who inherits the gift almost to insanity. Kennedy's writing is succinct, polished, lucent, and her stories are emotionally penetrating; it is unfortunate that she has fallen from the world of novel publishing, though continuing to work as a professional indexer. A second collection, Wind Angels (coll 2011), includes both reprinted and newly published stories. [JC]

Leigh Kennedy

born Denver, Colorado: 4 June 1951



  • Faces (London: Jonathan Cape, 1986) [coll: hb/Karen Caldicott]
  • Wind Angels (Hornsea, East Yorkshire: PS Publishing, 2011) [coll: hb/James Hannah]


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