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PostPosted: Mon Nov 25, 2013 4:51 pm 
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Doris Lessing, Nobel Laureate and science fiction author died on the 16th.
Lessing was not widely respected for her science fiction "Canopus in Argos" series but when asked which of her books she considers most important, Lessing chose the sequence.
From Wikipedia,
"These novels present an advanced interstellar society's efforts to accelerate the evolution of other worlds, including Earth. (Similar concepts occur in science fiction by other authors, e.g. the Progressor and Uplift sequences.) Using Sufi concepts, to which Lessing had been introduced in the mid-1960s by her "good friend and teacher" Idries Shah."
(Quote from Ms. Lessing,) "What they didn't realize was that in science fiction is some of the best social fiction of our time. I also admire the classic sort of science fiction, like Blood Music, by Greg Bear. He's a great writer." Unlike some authors primarily known for their mainstream work, she has never hesitated to admit that she wrote science fiction and attended the 1987 World Science Fiction Convention as its Writer Guest of Honor."

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