Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Bell, Clare

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(1952-    ) UK-born writer, in the USA from age 5, who remains best-known for her sf; she lives with M Coleman Easton, writing sf with him under the name of Clare Coleman. The Ratha sequence of YA tales – Ratha's Creature (1983), Clan Ground (1984), Ratha and Thistle-Chaser (1990), The Jaguar Princess (1993) and Ratha's Challenge (1995) – can be read as Alternate-World sf where evolution has favoured the Cat, but the long saga of Ratha's growth as leader of her tribe of cougar-like talking felines, and the interplay of genetic and Dynastic Fantasy-like narrative strands, is really fantasy. [JC]

Clare Louise Bell


This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.