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Scherm, Rebecca

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

(circa 1985-    ) US author whose first novel, Unbecoming (2015), explores in nonfantastic terms conundrums of Identity. Her second novel, A House Between Earth and the Moon (2022), which is Near Future sf set mainly in a Space Station, uses the intensive Zone of this under-development luxury resort, which could also be described as a Space Habitat, to anatomize the state of Homo sapiens. Climate Change has savagely impacted upon the home planet; an invasive implant operated by a ruthless corporation harvests data from a vast, suppliantly narcissistic pool of humans sick of their world but seemingly unaware that they are being treated as fodder; the habitat, known as Parallaxis, may seem to offer billionaires the chance to escape the terminal damage they have inflicted upon the home world, but the aesthetic and practical awfulness of life there may serve as a comeuppance: a message of terminus addressed, sadly, both to the wealthy and to their victims as well, back down on the burning planet. [JC]

Rebecca Scherm

born circa 1985



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