Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Conford, Ellen

(1942-2015) US writer whose And This Is Laura (1976) comfortingly conveys to its YA audience the lesson that Talents do not necessarily make for happiness, though they may guarantee good highschool grades. Her second novel of fantasy interest, Genie with the Light Blue Hair (1989), shows that Answered Prayers are risky, though to comic effect. The protagonist, Jeannie, acquires a Genie who resembles Groucho Marx, though without the brains. Lots of Wishes go awry before wisdom is achieved. [JC]

Ellen Conford


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.