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McGee, Katharine

(1988-    ) US author whose first series, the Young Adult romance-inflected Thousandth Floor sequence beginning with The Thousandth Floor (2016), takes place in and around the eponymous Keep-like high-rise in moderately Near Future New York, with the poor inhabiting lower floors and the rich the regions above. In sf tales featuring diagrammatic structures of this sort, the most famous being J G Ballard's High-Rise (1975) – filmed as High-Rise (2016) directed by Ben Wheatley – Satirical takes on the nature of modern urban life are perhaps unduly expected: nothing of the sort is undertaken here. The American Royals sequence beginning with American Royals (2019) is set in an Alternate History America where George Washington, after being crowned king, begets a dynasty; as the centuries pass, there are many opportunities for romance. [JC]

Katharine McGee

born Houston, Texas: 1988



The Thousandth Floor

American Royals


Entry from The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (2011-current) edited by John Clute and David Langford.
Accessed 18:27 pm on 24 September 2022.