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Valentine, Genevieve

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(1981-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "29 Union Leaders Can't be Wrong" in Strange Horizons for June 2007; most of her work has been fantasy, including her first novel, Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti (2011), where acrobats acquire exquisitely light steel skeletons through Magic, set in a world whose Steampunk atmosphere is not argued in Alternate History terms; and The Girls at the Kingfisher Club (2014), a retelling of "The Twelve Dancing Princesses", from Children's and Household Tales (coll 1812) by the Brothers Grimm, set in a fantasticated 1920s New York [for Twice-Told see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. In neither of these tales does Valentine seem to seek any clashing of modes that would signal an attempt to create some Equipoisal take on the world. The novella Dream Houses (2014) is on the other hand sf, set on an AI-guided Starship ferrying passengers in Suspended Animation from Earth to a distant planet.

The Persona sequence of Dystopian sf thrillers opening with Persona (2015) depicts a Near Future world of slightly changed Politics in which celebrity ambassadors, the public faces of nations and nation-groups, are in fact puppets announcing decisions made by those actually holding power; the protagonist is one such, with her life radically changed in the wake of an assassination attempt. The sequel is Icon (2016).

There is a sense that Valentine is feeling her way adroitly into what may be a significant career. [JC/DRL]

Genevieve Valentine

born 1 July 1981




  • Persona (New York: Simon and Schuster/Saga, 2015) [Persona: hb/]
  • Icon (New York: Simon and Schuster/Saga, 2016) [Persona: hb/]

individual titles

collections and stories

  • Terrain (New York:, 2013) [story: ebook: first appeared March 2013 na/Richard Anderson]
  • The Insects of Love (New York:, 2014) [story: ebook: first appeared May 2014 na/Tran Nguyen]
  • Dream Houses (Baltimore, Maryland: WSFA Press, 2014) [pb/Helbanim]


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