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Sedgwick, Helen

Entry updated 12 August 2018. Tagged: Author.

(1978-    ) Scottish research physicist and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Quantum Gravity; Or, the Pygmy Marmoset and the Prefabricated Concrete Bungalow" in I Am Because You Are (anth 2015) edited by Pippa Goldschmidt and Tania Hershman. Her first novel, The Comet Seekers (2016) combines Physics and astrology in a complex rendering of the interconnections of its two protagonists, who are first encountered in Antarctica, where they witness the explosion of the Comet that governs their lives through time and space. She is of sf interest for The Growing Season (2017), and Alternate History tale whose Jonbar Point is the Invention and Technological development of a prosthetic womb (or pouch) in the 1970s, which has radically transformed childbearing, relations between the Sexes (see Feminism), and expanded the definition of the nuclear family. A single foetus-bearing pouch can be transferred from one person to another during gestation, so that a child may have, in effect, multiple parents, who often represent contrasting gender choices. In the novel the inventor of the original pouch was in early life a protégé of the real Rosalind Franklin (1920-1958), whose work on deciphering the molecular architecture of DNA was not acknowledged until after her death. [JC]

Helen Sedgwick

born Scotland: 1978



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