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McLean, Robin

Entry updated 10 January 2022. Tagged: Author.

(?   -    ) US attorney, potter and author whose first book, Reptile House (coll 2015), contains tales in various genres, often insightful in a gonzo manner that opens up sharp lines of perspective into agitated lives. Her first novel, Pity the Beast (2021), applies a abstract but vivid take on the Western to illuminate the violent experiences of its protagonist, which can be seen in a rawly Feminist light. Her reflections on her life begin to shape the generic frames through which the tale can be understood (see Postmodernism and SF), including Ruins-And-Futurity visions combining the deep past and a moderately distant future when the Great Plains are once again a seabed. [JC]

Robin McLean

born Peoria, Illinois.


  • Pity the Beast (Sheffield, South Yorkshire: And Other Stories, 2021) [hb/]

collections and stories

  • Reptile House (Rochester, New York: BOA Editions, 2015) [coll: pb/]


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