Patricia Anthony

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Patricia Anthony
Born (1947-03-29)March 29, 1947
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
Died July 2, 2013(2013-07-02) (aged 66)
Occupation Novelist
Nationality United States
Period 1992-2013
Genre Science fiction
Notable works Brother Termite

Patricia Marie Anthony (March 29, 1947 – July 2, 2013) was an American science fiction and slipstream author.[1] Anthony published her first science fiction novel in 1992 with Cold Allies, about the arrival of extraterrestrials in the midst of a 21st-century Third World War.[2] This was followed by Brother Termite, Conscience of the Beagle, The Happy Policeman, Cradle of Splendor, and God's Fires, each of which combined science fiction plots with other genres in unconventional ways. Several of her short-fiction works were republished in the 1998 collection Eating Memories.

Anthony's best-known and most critically acclaimed work is probably 1993's Brother Termite, a tale of political intrigue told from the perspective of the leader of extraterrestrials who have occupied the United States. James Cameron acquired the movie rights to Brother Termite and John Sayles wrote a script, but the movie has not been produced.[3]

Following her initial success, Anthony taught creative writing at Southern Methodist University for three years, and as her career progressed she moved farther away from the traditional boundaries of the science fiction genre.[2] Her 1998 novel Flanders—the highly metaphysical story of an American sharpshooter in the British Army during World War I -- represented a clean break with her science fiction past and her final outing with Ace Books. It was a critical, if not commercial, success.

After the publication of Flanders, Anthony ceased writing science fiction to work as a screenwriter, though none of her scripts have been green-lighted. Anthony completed a new novel in 2006, but it remains unpublished.

Anthony lived in Brazil during the 1970s and later drew upon that experience for Cradle of Splendor.


  • Cold Allies (1992)
  • Brother Termite (1993)
  • Conscience of the Beagle (1993)
  • Happy Policeman (1994)
  • Cradle of Splendor (1996)
  • God's Fires (1997)
  • Flanders (1998)
  • Eating Memories (1998)


  1. ^ Locus Publications (September 6, 2013). "Patricia Anthony (1947–2013)". Retrieved September 8, 2013.
  2. ^ a b Blashcke, Jayme Lynn (June 1999). "A Conversation With Patricia Anthony". Interzone. Retrieved October 16, 2013.
  3. ^ Dunkley, Cathy (May 12, 2003). "Anthony's Cinema Revival". Daily Variety. Retrieved October 16, 2013.

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