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Michaels, Melisa C

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(1946-2019) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "In the Country of the Blind, No One Can See" in Asimov's for January 1979, but concentrated mostly on longer fiction. She remains best known for her Skyrider sequence of sf adventures – Skirmish (1985), First Battle (1985), Last War (1986), Pirate Prince (1987) and Floater Factor (1987) – depicting the growth into maturity of its eponymous female Starship-pilot protagonist. The tales are at times congested, often parodic, occasionally damaged by Clichés, but carry their underlying message about human potential with some grace. Far Harbor (1989) depicts with sympathy the plight of a planet whose natives are being attacked by humans, though the heir to the native throne possesses Psi Powers that he needs to learn how to control in order to defeat the Terrans. World-Walker (2004) is a complex Space Opera set in a loose Multiverse encompassing a large number of Parallel Worlds; those who walk the worlds tend to encounter Doppelganger problems. [JC]

Melisa Corrina Michaels

born 31 May 1946

died Duncannon, Pennsylvania: 30 August 2019




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