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Anthony, Patricia (Patricia Anthony)

Gather around fellow stargazers and lovers of the unusual, as SFcrowsnest shines its intergalactic spotlight on an author whose imagination soared beyond constellations and conventions: Patricia Anthony.

In 1992, the literary universe blinked in surprise with the release of "Cold Allies." Earth facing a Third World War? Check. Extraterrestrial party crashers? Double check. Anthony served up the future with a side of alien intervention, and trust us, it was no ordinary soirée.

Then, a year later, "Brother Termite" swung by. If you've ever fancied E.T. taking the Oval Office's helm, Patricia had you sorted. James Cameron thought it'd look grand on screen and even bagged the rights. But alas, despite John Sayles crafting the script, the cinematic stars didn't quite align. We remain hopeful, fingers crossed, antennae tuned.

Anthony's penchant for merging genres was, let’s say, refreshingly audacious. "The Happy Policeman" wasn't just joyfully maintaining law and order, "Conscience of the Beagle" was a lot more than just canine contemplation, and "God’s Fires"? Divine combustion, indeed.

"Cradle of Splendor," inspired by Anthony’s Brazilian sojourn, added a dash of samba to the sci-fi jamboree, while "Eating Memories" provided a buffet of her exquisite short fiction - perfect for those cosmic nibbles.

But, ever the genre-bender, Patricia swerved into a fresh orbit with "Flanders" in 1998. War tales are as old as time, but Anthony's metaphysical spin on the WWI sharpshooter story was more twisty than a wormhole. Critics hailed it, wallets... not so much.

Post "Flanders," Patricia turned her gaze towards screenwriting. Although Hollywood's green light remained elusive, one wonders if Tinseltown's loss was the multi-verse's gain.

So here’s the cosmic toast from all of us at SFcrowsnest: To Patricia Anthony, the scribe who taught us that boundaries, whether in genres or galaxies, are but mere suggestions. If there's a literary lounge beyond the stars, we reckon she's spinning tales there, making aliens chuckle, and forging new universes, one whimsical word at a time. You can search the Nest for articles on Anthony, Patricia (Patricia Anthony) over at