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(1933- ) US author, briefly a schoolteacher, who began publishing sf as by John Jay Wells with "Another Rib" for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in June 1963, a collaboration with Marion Zimmer Bradley (also credited). With her husband, Robert Coulson, she won the 1965 Best Amateur Publication Hugo for their long-running (1953-1986) fanzine Yandro. Coulson's first novel, Crisis on Cheiron (1967 dos), like her second, The Singing Stones (1968 dos), is a Planetary Romance set on a primitive world in a human-dominated Galaxy; the oppressed species of each planet needs help to survive the inimical influence of large corporations and the like. Unto the Last Generation (1975) deals negatively with population control; Space Trap (1976) is a First Contact tale. The romantic coloration of her work is more evident in the Children of the Stars family saga of exploration and survival: Tomorrow's Heritage (1981), Outward Bound (1982), Legacy of Earth (1989) and The Past of Forever (1989). Star Sister (1990), which is not connected to the series, continues in the same mode with the story of an empathic woman (see Gender) who networks successfully with Aliens on a planet under dire threat. She has also written Fantasy and Gothic novels. [JC]
born Anderson, Indiana: 12 February 1933
Children of the Stars
Entry from The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction edited by John Clute, David Langford, Peter Nicholls and Graham Sleight.
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