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Nestvold, Ruth

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

(1958-    ) US translator and author, now in Germany. She began to publish work of genre interest with "Latency Time" in Asimov's for July 2001, which was assembled with other tales involving Climate Change as The Future, Imperfect: Six Dystopian Short Stories (coll 2012). Further collections include Almost All the Way Home from the Stars (coll 2013) with Jay Lake and Oregon Elsewhere: Eight Short Stories of an Oregon That Never Was (coll 2015). Her first series in book form, the Pendragon Chronicles beginning with Yseult (2013), is fantasy. The Looking Through Lace series comprising "Looking Through Lace" (September 2003 Galaxy) and Beyond the Waters of the World (2016), both assembled as Looking Through Lace: Books One and Two (coll 2016) conveys its xenolinguist protagonist Toni Donato (see Linguistics; Xenobiology) to the planet Christmas/Kailazh, and into a First Contact drama involving (among other issues) a "double" language, one restricted to men, the other to women (see Feminism; Women in SF). The second story in the sequence, set on another planet and told from a male protagonist's point of view, registers Donato's impact on another planet. The protagonist of Chameleon in a Mirror: A Time Travel Novel (2015) goes back in time (the Time Travel device is Magical) to the seventeenth century, where she becomes involved in the life of the writer Aphra Behn, whose work and reputation she anxious to defend, then and now. [JC]

Ruth Nestvold

born Washington, USA: 1958



Looking Through Lace

Pendragon Chronicles

  • Yseult (Scotts Valley, California: CreateSpace, 2013) [Pendragon Chronicles: pb/]
  • Shadow of Stone (Scotts Valley, California: CreateSpace, 2013) [Pendragon Chronicles: pb/]

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