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Stine, Alison

Entry updated 26 October 2021. Tagged: Author.

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(1978-    ) US poet and author, active from the turn of the century; of her poetry, Ohio Violence (coll of linked poems 2009 chap) contains fantastic elements. Her first novel, Supervision (2015), is a Young Adult fantasy set in semi-rural Appalachian Ohio, whose protagonist, finding herself sent by her family into exile there, discovers that she has become invisible (see Invisibility). Her ability to communicate with the dead conveys a sense – some scenes are reminiscent of M Night Shyamalan's The Sixth Sense (1999) – that she herself is dead; but the tale shifts from that reading.

Stine is of specific sf interest for Road Out of Winter (2020), set in a Near Future America desolated by the savage vagaries of Climate Change, which (again in semi-rural Appalachian Ohio, where the tale begins) has triggered a bad seemingly unending winter. The protagonist, a highly proficient amateur agronomist, undertakes a hegira in search of a Polder [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] where she can stay safe from right-wing cultists and other manifestations of post-fall America, and make her garden grow. This novel won the Philip K Dick Award for 2021. [JC]

Alison Stine

born Indiana: 25 January 1978


collections and stories

  • Lot of My Sister (Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press, 2001) [poetry: coll: chap: pb/nonpictorial]
  • Ohio Violence (Denton, Texas: University of North Texas Press, 2009) [poetry: coll of linked poems: pb/]
  • Wait (Madison, Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin Press, 2011) [poetry: chap: narrative poem: pb/]
  • The Protectors (no place given: Amazon Publishing/Little A, 2016) [story: ebook: a "Kindle in Motion" text: na/]


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