M(ary) J(ane) Engh

Rainbow Man

Tor, 1993 (hardcover); Tor (Orb series trade paperback), 1994.

Now it can be told: My original title for this novel was A Manual for Selectors. When I first sent the manuscript to my agent, Virginia Kidd, she responded, “This is absolutely the worst title I’ve ever seen.” After she read the manuscript, she told me, “Now I see it’s the perfect title for this novel – but no publisher will print it that way. Booksellers would shelve it with the technical manuals.” So it was published as Rainbow Man – which is the label the locals of the planet Bimran pin on my very female heroine.
To my surprise, Rainbow Man was nominated for both the Tiptree Award (for best feminist SF novel) and the Prometheus Award (for best Libertarian SF novel). I was honored by the Tiptree nomination and startled by the Prometheus one (no doubt received because Rainbow Man describes a society without laws). It didn’t make the final cut for the Tiptree, at least partly because Rainbow Man is more concerned with what religion does to people than with what gender does to them. It’s also a love story, and a speculation on how a starfaring society could function without faster-than-light travel.

Selected Works

Current Affairs
An e-book by Justin Ferguson and Mary Jane Engh, available through Amazon. Historical basis, present status, and possible futures of the human population explosion.
The first English-language general history of religious persecution worldwide, from ancient Egypt through 1900.
A Biographical Dictionary of Active Women in the Ancient Roman World from Earliest Times to 527 CE. Co-authored with Kathryn E. Meyer.
Science Fiction
A third-world dictator sets out to save the planet in his own way. "One of the finest works of fiction of our generation."
A woman starshipper settles on an idyllic planet and discovers the road to hell. "A chilling depiction of reason in the service of unreason."
An epic of planetary circumnavigation. "Excellent validation for the idea that Engh is a major writer."
Children's Fantasy
Nine boys face 20 vicious robbers, in the mysterious House where no one is ever seen going in or out.

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