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Vaughn, Carrie

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(1973-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Girl with the Pre-Raphaelite Hair" in Talebones for Fall 1999; it was assembled in Amaryllis and Other Stories (coll 2016). This collection, plus her first, Straying from the Path (coll 2011), both contain material ranging widely through the remit of contemporary Fantastika, the second including stories like The Best We Can (first appeared July 2013; 2013 ebook), about a thwarted First Contact.

Her full-length fiction has been oriented to Young Adult markets, including the long Kitty Norville sequence, beginning with Kitty and the Midnight Hour (2005), featuring the eponymous Werewolf, whose day job as a DJ involves her in complicated adventures, and romance [for Urban Fantasy see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. The much-abducted protagonist of the Young Adult Golden Age sequence beginning with After the Golden Age (2011) is the emotionally retarded twenty-something daughter of Superheroes, whose dedication to their missions she resents. On the other hand, the Bannerless sequence beginning with Bannerless (2017) focuses mostly on the protagonist as an adult, though some scenes narrate her coming-of-age. The series is set in a Near Future California afflicted by Climate Change and rising seas; in this precarious environment, a Utopian society has been established, with reproduction strictly controlled, though this policy incurs some negative responses. Bannerless won the Philip K Dick Award. In the second volume, The Wild Dead: A Bannerless Saga Novel (2018), the body of a young woman from beyond the Polder is found, shaking the small world.

Vaughn's first standalone novels are Young Adult fantasies, though Martians Abroad (2017) is rather defiantly sf, with a young protagonist (and her genius male twin) from Mars, whose forced involvement in Terran Politics frustrates her longing to become a Starship pilot. [JC]

Carrie Vaughn

born Mather Air Force Base, Sacramento, California: 28 January 1973



Kitty Norville

Golden Age

The Bannerless Saga

  • Bannerless (Boston, Massachusetts: Houghton Mifflin/Mariner Books/A John Joseph Adams Book, 2017) [Bannerless Saga: pb/Jackie Shepherd]
  • The Wild Dead: A Bannerless Saga Novel (Boston, Massachusetts: Houghton Mifflin/Mariner Books/A John Joseph Adams Book, 2018) [Bannerless Saga: pb/Mark R Robinson]

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