PALMER, David (Reay)


PALMER, David (Reay)
(1941-)
   US writer whose first story, the impressive "Emergence" for ASF in 1981, was expanded as Emergence (fixup 1984), attracting some notice for its depiction of a USA suffering the consequences of a nuclear HOLOCAUST, and for its juvenile heroine, who represents a superior form ofHomo sapiens and whose transcribed voice dominates the tale; some found her obnoxiously reminiscent of the narrator of Robert A. HEINLEIN's THE MOON IS A HARSH MISTRESS (1966). The novel won the Compton Crook/StephenTall Memorial Award (AWARDS). DP's taste for protagonists whose special gifts legitimize their behaviour also helped shape his second novel, Threshold (1985), in which the Galaxy is saved.
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   See also: PSI POWERS; SUPERMAN.

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