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Palmer, Jane

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author, Artist.

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(1946-    ) UK author and illustrator who began writing sf with the Moosevan sequence – comprising The Planet Dweller (1985), Moving Moosevan (1990), Duckbill Soup (2011) and Brassica Park (2018) – which presents a comic set of Parodies of sf Clichés as the giant Shapeshifting Alien known as Moosevan generates wide apprehension that an Invasion has been mounted; in the third volume, the exiled human race has been moved to Titan (see Outer Planets), which itself has been moved into synchronous orbit opposite Earth, becoming a Counter-Earth.

A somewhat more focused imagination is demonstrated in The Watcher (1986; vt The Kybion 2008), which features brave young girls and an Android known as Kybion which had been sent into the distant past – to prepare itself to counter a contemporary threat posed to the rulers of the planet Ojal by an energy-sucking Vampire from Earth – but after aeons now falls in love with a contemporary woman. Even lighter in tone, The Drune (1999; vt Babel's Basement 2008) spoofs the threat of World War Three, with mysterious shenanigans from deep Underground fomenting disrespect. The Aton Bird (2008) is fantasy; Nightingale (2008) spoofs Alien abduction scenarios (see Paranoia); Hunder (2010) mixes together, with extremely casual Equipoise, an AI that controls interstellar Transportation across the galaxy, and God. A first adult collection is Short SF Stories, Tales for Technophobes (coll 2013).

Palmer also writes and illustrates children's picture stories and Young Adult novels and collections as by Dandi Palmer. All post-1999 titles under either name are released by her Folkestone-based Small Press, Dodo Books. [JC/DRL]

Jane Palmer

born 1946




  • The Planet Dweller (London: The Women's Press, 1985) [Moosevan: pb/Jane Palmer]
  • Moving Moosevan (London: The Women's Press, 1990) [Moosevan: pb/Anita Kunz]
  • Duckbill Soup (Folkestone, Kent: Dodo Books, 2011) [Moosevan: pb/Jane Palmer]
  • Brassica Park (Folkestone, Kent: Dodo Books, 2018) [Moosevan: pb/Jane Palmer]

individual titles

  • The Watcher (London: The Women's Press, 1986) [pb/Fiona Macvicar]
    • The Kybion (Folkestone, Kent: Dodo Books, 2008) [vt of the above: pb/Jane Palmer]
  • The Drune (Sheffield, South Yorkshire: Swift Publishers, 1999) [pb/Dandi Palmer]
    • Babel's Basement (Folkestone, Kent: Dodo Books, 2008) [vt of the above: pb/Jane Palmer]
  • The Aton Bird (Folkestone, Kent: Dodo Books, 2008) [pb/Jane Palmer]
  • Bald Wendy (Folkestone, Kent: Dodo Books, 2008) [pb/Jane Palmer]
  • Nightingale (Folkestone, Kent: Dodo Books, 2008) [pb/Jane Palmer]
  • Hunder (Folkestone, Kent: Dodo Books, 2010) [pb/Jane Palmer]
  • How to Confuse a Dragon (Folkestone, Kent: Dodo Books, 2014) [pb/Jane Palmer]
  • Moss (Folkestone, Kent: Dodo Books, 2014) [pb/Jane Palmer]


for younger readers

  • Different Dragons (Folkestone, Kent: Dodo Books, 2008) as by Dandi Palmer [chap: pb/Dandi Palmer]
  • The Glee Machine (Folkestone, Kent: Dodo Books, 2008) as by Dandi Palmer [pb/Dandi Palmer]
  • Green Fingers (Folkestone, Kent: Dodo Books, 2008) as by Dandi Palmer [pb/Dandi Palmer]



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