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Happy Birthday, Doris Lessing!

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, we need to thank our friends at The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, once again, for their excellent On This Day feature. Thanks to the magic of this sufficiently advanced technology, we can see at a glance the various anniversaries occurring on any given day.

And the name that leaps out at us, today, is that of the 2007 winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Doris Lessing. It is, I’m sure, hugely appreciated by all genre readers to have a writer of Ms Lessing’s standing and quality state uncategorically that she is writing science fiction – unlike some other people we could name (although that would obviously overstep diplomacy).

So: Happy Birthday, Ms Lessing! Thank you for your works and for your unashamed – indeed, proud –  championing of science fiction.