Monday, October 22, 2018

Women in Science Fiction - Rosel George Brown

Ruth de Jauregui

The book jacket photo of author Rosel George Brown
from the Doubleday hardcover edition of Sibyl Sue Blue
Science fiction writer Rosel George Brown is one of the unsung authors of the speculative fiction world. Her life was cut short in 1961 by lymphoma. She was only 41.

Brown was honored posthumously in the fourth Nebula Award Anthology, which printed her obituary by Daniel F. Galouye, and by Anne McCaffrey, who dedicated her anthology Alchemy & Academe (1970) to Brown and several others.

The 1968 edition of Galactic Sibyl Sue Blue
Brown was first published in Galaxy magazine, with the short story "From an Unseen Censor" (1958). Twenty more short stories followed, published between 1959 and 1964. She was nominated for the Hugo Award in 1959 as best new author. Her last short story "The Artist" was published in Amazing Stories in May 1964.

She also wrote several novels, including two novels featuring an intergalactic female detective, Sibyl Sue Blue. In Galactic Sibyl Sue Blue (1966 and 1968) and its sequel, The Waters of Centaurus (1970), Sibyl juggled work and a teenaged daughter, a dilemma familiar to many single moms. The Waters of Centaurus was published after her death. Brown also collaborated with Keith Laumer on the novel Earthblood (1966).

The 2012 edition of Earthblood
Brown's stories and novels were well received by readers and critics. Her tragic and untimely death cut short a unique voice in science fiction. One can only guess how she could have influenced speculative fiction if she'd been able to continue her writing career, but surely (I'd hope) she would've had more stories featuring Sibyl Sue Blue and her intergalactic mysteries.

Amazon.com - Rosel George Brown
Project Gutenberg - Step IV