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Vale, Rena

Entry updated 10 April 2021. Tagged: Author.

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(1898-1983) US scriptwriter, investigator for the California State Assembly Committee on Un-American Activities, and author who began publishing sf with the novella The Shining City (May 1952 Science Fiction Quarterly; 2012 dos), and with her first novel, The Red Court [for subtitle see Checklist] (1952), whose negative analysis of Communism and its planned takeover of America – including the use of fluoridation to tame recalcitrant populations (see Paranoia) – ventures into the Near Future. She subsequently restricted herself to novels, like Beyond the Sealed World (1965), based on «Beyond These Walls» (unpublished due to Shasta: Publishers' bankruptcy), a Dystopia set in a Ruined Earth America, where a sterile society locked in Keeps is contrasted with the barbarous culture in the wastelands outside. Taurus Four (1970) combines Satire with Space Opera in a story containing hippies lost on another planet, a sociologist and an alien Invasion. In The Day After Doomsday: A Fantasy of Time Travel (1970) twelve selected survivors of a nuclear Holocaust are lectured by their Secret Master saviours, the Forerunner race from another planet which had bred humans on Earth in the first place. [JC]

see also: Cities; Post-Holocaust.

Rena Marie Vale

born Yavapai County, Arizona Territory: 30 January 1898

died Tucson, Arizona: February 1983

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