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Thompson, Alice

Entry updated 11 September 2023. Tagged: Author.

(?   -    ) Scottish musician and author who first became known as a founding member of the rock band The Woodentops in 1983, leaving in the 1987. She has been active as a writer from around 1990, most of her fiction consisting of Gothic explorations of extreme states, as in her first novel Justine (1990) which intricately replays, while reversing in Feminist terms, the implications of Justine; Or, the Misfortunes of Virtue (1791) by the Marquis de Sade (1740-1814). She is of sf interest for Chimera (2023), though its extremely vague rendering of Faster Than Light travel to the eponymous "Moon" (with no planet in view) conveys a referential vagueness typical of the Mainstream Writer of SF. This sense of abstractness is perhaps intensified by a continuing contrast between the dream-understandings of this moon on the protagonist's part, as contrasted with an accompanying AI's inability to dream. The mission, to find a solution to Climate Change, seems uncertain of accomplishment. [JC]

Alice Thompson

born Edinburgh, Scotland

works (highly selected)

  • Chimera (London: Salt, 2023) [pb/]


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