(1927-2015) Pseudonym of South African-born writer Olivia Brown, in the UK from 1951, who began publishing original work of fantasy interest with the Tall Stones sequence – The Tall Stones (1977), The Temple of the Sun (1977) and Shadow on the Stones (1978), assembled as Guardians of the Tall Stones (omni 1986), plus The Silver Vortex (1987). Like most of her work, the sequence takes place in a Land of Fable, in this case Bronze-Age Britain, and rather emolliently describes a conflict between pacific worshippers – the focus of their Religion being the stone circles that dominate their villages – and invaders whose religion involves sacrificial offerings. But the threatened Thinning – typical of novels which contrast the old faith and the new Christianity – does not actually occur; it might be noted that the invidious consequences of the Reincarnations which proliferate throughout MC's work do not consort easily with the cyclic religions to which she grants her novelistic adherence. The Ancient Egypt sequence – Son of the Sun (1986), Daughter of Amun (1989) and Daughter of Ra (1990) – focuses to similar effect on the period dominated by Akhnaten. Singletons include The Lily and the Bull (1979), in which a mortal Avatar of the Goddess resists patriarchy in ancient Crete, and The Tower and the Emerald (1985), which mixes Reincarnation motifs in an Arthurian setting (see Arthur). [JC]
other works: Several Twice-Told versions of old material, including Weapons of the Wolfhound (coll 1976), Twins of the Twylwyth Teg (coll 1983), Taliesin and Avagddu (coll 1984), Bran, Son of Llyr (coll 1984) and The Green Lady and the King of Shadows (1989), about Glastonbury Tor; Adventures by Leaflight (coll 1978 US), children's tales; Child of the Dark Star (1984), sf set in the future; Etheldreda (1987); Women in Celtic Myth (1988), nonfiction; Crystal Legends (1990), nonfiction; Myths of the Sacred Tree (1993 US); The Winged Man (1993).