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Lacey, Catherine

Entry updated 29 October 2021. Tagged: Author.

(1985-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "An Honest World" in Gigantic Worlds (anth 2015) edited by Lincoln Michel and Nadxieli Nietois; it was assembled with other early work as Certain American States (coll 2018). She is of sf interest for her third novel Pew (2020), where her continuing explorations of contemporary Identity and its displays and extinctions can be understood as exploiting the literalism of Fantastika. The psychic travels and exorbitant trammels suffered by named protagonists in earlier tales like Nobody Is Ever Missing (2014) or The Answers (2017) are here inflicted upon an unnamed individual who awakens in so profound a state of Amnesia that they cannot fix upon their Sex either physically or in terms of choices available (see Transgender SF). Their impact on the psychically isolated small town in the American south has much of the challenge occasioned by the incursion of a typical Mysterious Stranger, though in this case with something of the added ambivalence of the scapegoat.

Lacey should not be confused with the UK actor Catherine Lacey (1904-1979). [JC]

Catherine Lacey

born Tupelo, Mississippi: 9 April 1985

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