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Tricia Sullivan

Tricia Anne Sullivan (born 1968) is a US-born author, in the UK from 1995, who has also written as by Valery Leith. She began to publish work of genre interest with "Morpheus" in Discoveries (anth 1995) edited by Alan Lothian; most of her work since that point has been in long forms. Her first novel, Lethe (1995), is partly set in the distant Near Future on Earth, a period when a further century or so of Climate Change has rendered the planet difficult to survive on, and when Genetic Engineering has generated factions of warring versions of Homo sapiens. The discovery of an Alien Macrostructure containing Matter Transmission gateways complexifies a long tale of world-changing conspiracies unmasked, a tale in which sentient Telepathic dolphins play a part. Someone to Watch Over Me (1997) reduces the cosmic adventurousness of the first novel, though the atmospherically oppressive Cyberpunk world it depicts – and the games of Identity played between the lead characters and a hirer/owner/inner watcher who pays to ride others' minds – unpack into a discourse on the mind/body perplex, leading to a sense that consciousness, of some sort, may make the world. Sullivan's third sf novel, Dreaming in Smoke (1999), which won the Arthur C Clarke Award, returns to the refined Space Opera toolkit deployed in her first book . . .

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