Doris Lessing (1919 – 2013)

We are saddened by the news that Nobel Laureate Doris Lessing passed away, yesterday, at the age of 94.  During a glittering career – which spanned over half a century and garnered her many awards culminating, of course, in the 2007 Nobel Prize for LiteratureDoris Lessing produced more than two dozen novels as well as numerous collections of short fiction, poetry, memoirs and other non-fiction. She will be best-known to most SF fans for her Canopus in Argos: Archives series, comprising  Shikasta (1979), The Marriages Between Zones Three, Four and Five (1980), The Sirian Experiments (1980), The Making of the Representative for Planet 8 (1982) and The Sentimental Agents in the Volyen Empire (1983).

But more than just writing a science fiction series, Doris Lessing proudly and unambiguously declared them to be science fiction, and for that she will for ever hold a place of affection in our hearts.

Doris May Lessing (1919 – 2013). Rest in peace.