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Elliott, Janice

(1931-1995) UK author from 1962 of sophisticated novels of domestic passion which frequently reach for a sense of brooding Equipoise with the supernatural and, occasionally, sf. Her sf novel, The Summer People (1980), places in a Near-Future world one of her typical casts, who decide it would be a good idea, while society collapses off-stage, to remain esconced in their holiday resort for the time being; a similar proleptic dread and torpor afflicts the protagonists of The Country of her Dreams (1982), set in a Balkan city where the Art of Europe is perhaps destined to perish in a nuclear Holocaust. The Arthurian Sword and the Dream sequence for older children – The King Awakes (1987) and The Empty Throne (1988) – arouses the once and future king into a Post-Holocaust UK. Dr Gruber's Daughter (1986), The Sadness of Witches (1987) and Figures in the Sand (1994) are tales which either invoke the occult directly or by inescapable inference. City of Gates (1992) is set in a Jerusalem guest-house which exists, via Time-loops, in every relevant epoch. [JC]

Janice Elliott

born Derby, East Midlands: 13 October 1931

died 25 July 1995



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Entry from The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (2011-current) edited by John Clute and David Langford.
Accessed 04:13 am on 13 July 2024.