BAIRD, Wilhelmina
   Pseudonym of UK writer Joyce Carstairs Hutchinson (1935-), who began publishing sf with "Mantrap" for NW in 1961, writing this and other early work as by Kathleen James; she soon became inactive in the field, however, returning only with the Cass sequence of novels set in a CYBERPUNK-like NEAR FUTURE England, and comprising CrashCourse (1994 US), ClipJoint (1994 US) and "PsyKosis" (1995 US). Her heroine-whose name reflects both Cassandra and Case, the protagonist of William GIBSON's NEUROMANCER (1984)-lives as a thief in a culture divided into Aris, Arts, Techs and Umps (the great majority, who are permanently unemployed); but soon becomes involved -"feeliefilms" and after becoming well-off is prepared, in the sequels, to adventure off-Earth. The language throughout is alert, savvy in the expected noir fashion, and funny.

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