Katherine MacLean

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(January 22, 1925 – September 1, 2019)

Katherine Anne “Kate” MacLean was an SF author best known for her short fiction of the 1950s which examined the impact of technological advances on individuals and society. According to The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, she "was in the vanguard of those sf writers trying to apply to the soft sciences the machinery of the hard sciences."

She was nominated for the 1959 Best Novelette Hugo.

She was married to sf writers Charles Dye from 1951 to 1953, David Mason from 1956 to 1962 and then to Carl West, with whom she sometimes collaborated. In Mimosa (July 1991), Dave Kyle wrote, “Kate MacLean was an unabashed advocate of ‘free love’ and took explicit photos with Charlie Dye.”

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