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McCrumb, Sharyn

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(1948-    ) US author, in most of whose titles detective plots intersect with fantasy and/or sf material, though her first novel to invoke these genres, Bimbos of the Death Sun (1987), a Recursive Satire set at an sf Convention, does not actually turn into sf, and is the first of the Jay Omega sequence. What is most remarkable about the book, for the sf reader, may be McCrumb's intimate understanding of fans (see Fandom) and writers and their typical interactions, a knowledgeability which also marks Zombies of the Gene Pool (1992), in which sf writer Jay Omega – in real life James Mega, a professor of engineering – visits another convention, and becomes embroiled in ancient sf scandals (see Fandom); there may be some roman à clef moments in the text. Both Jay Omega titles were assembled as Bimbos & Zombies (omni 1998). Sometimes only glancingly, most volumes of the Ballad sequence, beginning with If Ever I Return, Pretty Peggy-O (1991; vt If Ever I Return 1995) and ending with Ghost Riders (2003), contain fantasy elements. [JC]

see also: Postal Worlds.

Sharyn McCrumb

born Wilmington, North Carolina: 26 February 1948



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