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MacLeod, Sheila

Entry updated 26 October 2021. Tagged: Author.

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(1939-    ) Scottish author, married 1963-1976 to actor and pop singer Paul Jones (see Privilege), an experience reflected in her first novel, The Moving Accident (1968), which is nonfantastic. Her second, The Snow-White Soliloquies (1970), is a Fabulation with surprisingly firm sf underpinning, describing in technological terms the Suspended Animation of its eponymous heroine as the search for a Prince continues in a grey world. Xanthe and the Robots (1977), set in an Institute for Advanced Robotic Research, explores the creation of "Philophrenics" (Robots of near-human capability) and the problems their all-too-human designers face in deciding how far to attempt to exploit their development; it is an intelligent and sophisticated novel. Circuit-Breaker (1978) entertainingly mixes Inner Space and outer, describing an astronaut's attempts to use his Psi Powers to save his ship – assuming the hero is indeed an astronaut and not a mental case or an sf writer: the ending is ambiguous. [MJE/PN/JC]

Sheila MacLeod

born Stornoway, Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland: 23 March 1939

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