FELICITY SAVAGE, WHERE ARE YOU?
Felicity Savage at World Fantasy in London
Felicity Savage (or "Rosie" as we knew her) was a member of the 1992 Clarion East I attended, which also included Nathan Ballingrud, Dale Bailey, Pam Noles, Cory Doctorow, et al). Felicity was very young and assured, and talented as all get-out. She proceeded to publish five novels in quick succession, the last coming out in 1998. Then she disappeared. No one I know of has heard from her. No new novels have been forthcoming. Some have said she joined an Eastern European circus.
So I'm curious where she is now, what she's up to. I picked up her EVER trilogy at a remaindered bookstore in Jacksonville, Florida. They were the oldest books on the table. Seeing them there made me more interested than ever in finding out her whereabouts. It's just so odd to put out five books and then fall off the face of the earth.
Of course, it may be that everybody but me knows what happened to her. In any event, if you do know, please add a comment. Several of her Clarion mates are wondering, too, along with people who met her at various conventions.I always imagined she'd show up again with a 5,000-page novel under her arm, wondering what all the fuss was about.
I haven't had a chance to read the EVER books yet, but in glancing at them they strike me as, in some aspects, proto-New Weird (to briefly resurrect a dead term). I'm struck by a surface resemblance to Mieville and KJ Bishop, although I think Savage's politics are much different and she is both more romantic/sentimental and more practical. (Not to mention, she was still only 22 when her fifth book came out, I believe.)
There's a brief profile of Felicity on the Tangent site as well.
Anyway, it would be nice (and a bit of a relief) to clear up this little mystery...
6-mile brisk walk
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