Science Fiction has a reputation as being the boy’s club, where all the major names, such as Asimov, Heinlein and Clarke get a majority of the credit for the development and direction of the genre as a literary movement. It’s unfortunate, because that’s not the full story, and it means that there’s a lot of other authors out there that really don’t get the credit that they deserve.
Margaret St. Clair is one of those authors, and she’s someone who’s name I’ve seen come up a lot as I’ve researched this column. Unfortunately, there’s not a lot known about her life: just her numerous stories that were published throughout the 1950s and 1960s. I’m not sure why she’s not as well known as others, despite the higher quality of her stories.
Go read The Elusive Margaret St. Clair on the Kirkus Reviews blog.