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Pfeffer, Susan Beth

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(1948-    ) US author for children and the Young Adult market from 1970, perhaps best known for the nonfantastic The Year Without Michael (1987). Of sf interest are two series: the VCR Time Travel sequence comprising Rewind to Yesterday (1988) and Future Forward (1989), whose young protagonists engage in generally lighthearted Time Travel, as enable by their mysterious VCR, both backward and forward; and – very much more in tune with her emotionally taxing nonfantastic work – the far more demanding Life As We Knew It sequence, comprising Life As We Knew It (2006), The Dead and the Gone (2008) and This World We Live In (2010), set in a world devastated by a great Disaster: the Moon, knocked out of orbit by a Comet, has generated a profound Climate Change with the onset of an unending winter; as is typical with Pfeffer's works, realistically conflicted relationships dramatize the tale, whose moments of genuine grimness, as winter locks in and food and living room run short, are only lightened partially by a conclusion bearing hints of survival. [JC]

Susan Beth Pfeffer

born New York: 17 February 1948



VCR Time Travel

  • Rewind to Yesterday (New York: Delacorte Press, 1988) [VCR Time Travel: illus/hb/Andrew Glass]
  • Future Forward (New York: Delacorte Press, 1989) [VCR Time Travel: illus/hb/Andrew Glass]

Sarah Kate

Life As We Knew It



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