Nicola Griffith

"Slow River"

(Reviewed by Judi Clark FEB 15, 1998)

After an unsuccessful kidnapping scam, Lore van de Oest awakes naked in an alley with a foot-long gash in her back.  Her identity implant is gone and the daughter of one of the most powerful families is without a PIDA or money. Spanner happens by and takes Lore home. 

Spanner is no stranger to the stolen PIDAs, slates and other illegal ways of getting by thus she is in perfect position to help Lore out as long as Lore agrees to pay her back.   Lore lucks out with a PIDA that matches her knowledge enough that she gets a job working on the same equipment that her family sells, the van de Oest sewer processing system.  Lore, now under the ID of Byrd, finds herself in the middle of a sabotage and corporate intrigue with her real ID at risk and an unhealthy debt to Spanner.

Good story, good fiction, good science and highly recommended.

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About the Author:

Nicole GriffithNicola Jane Griffith was born in Yorkshire, England in 1960 and grew up in Leeds. When she was seventeen, she went off to the university to earn a science degree, but left after a couple months. While in England, she taught women's self-defense, led creative writing workshops, and was the singer and songwriter for a band.  She first came to the Unites States in 1988 for the Clairon Workshop in Science Fiction and Fantasy.

Her short fiction has been published in the United Kingdom and the United States and has been translated into several languages.  Her first novel, Ammonite, won a Lambda Literary Award and the 1993 Tiptree Award Slow River was written with the aid of grants from Georgia Council for the Arts and the Atlanta Bureau of Cultural Affairs.  Slow River won the 1996 Nebula Award.

She now lives in Seattle, Washington with her partner, SF writer Kelley Eskridge. About Us | Subscribe | Review Team | History | ©1998-2014