Angela de Maizière
|Angela de Maizière|
Angela de Maizière (born 4 January 1951) is a best-selling science-fiction author from the Resurgent Dream.
De Maizière got her start in science-fiction with The Last Waaargh and The Land Where Modus Ponens Falters, neither of which made a lasting impression. She is best known for her seminal work, The Edge of Existence, for which she has received the prestigious Haggar Award. De Maizière has written a number of sequels to The Edge of Existence, including Beyond Space and Without Time.
Some of de Maizière more recent works explore her Lutheran beliefs through allegory. The Lion Trilogy, consisting of The Trumpet of the Lion, Defeat at Almoral, and The Lion's Fleet is generally understood to be an allegory for the life of Jesus. Another novel, The Grounding, is set on an entirely alien world and features no human characters. However, many critics have detected allegorical references to the life of Martin Luther.
De Maizière is known for her complex character development. She says that she strives to make all of her characters, however alien their situation or even their species might make them, come across as real people. Few characters in her books can be described as pure good or pure evil. Her characters are not portrayed as simple, unconflicted heroes and villains but as people with difficult moral and personal choices to make.
Early life, family, and career
De Maizière is the daughter of Garek and Ada Abse, Lutheran immigrants from Lavenrunz, who came to the Resurgent Dream in search of an atmosphere more friendly to Protestants. The whole family moved to Thorlund in 1990, shortly after the principality was founded.
De Maizière, in addition to her books, writes a weekly editorial column for the Agwenberger Rundschau in which she often expresses her own views. She identifies herself as a "social Christian" although she stresses that she is not a socialist.
De Maizière does not belong to a political party but usually votes Labor. However, she strongly criticizes the Labor Party for its endorsement of homosexual rights and secularism.
De Maizière strongly favors the her country's alliance with Excalbia and gives staunch, although less enthusiastic, approval to her country's alliance with Pantocratoria. She is harshly critical of other Danaan allies such as Knootoss and Menelmacar which she once compared to the Reich. She later apologized for this comment after she was criticized by the Quendi Anti-Defamation League of the Resurgent Dream.
In a fictional short-story entitled The Journal (1999), De Maizière predicted the compilation of all art and knowledge in a single great on-line database, comparable in many ways to a Wiki.
De Maizière, despite her large readership, was not invited to the Danaan Science Fiction Convention in 1999. No official explanation was given. She alleges that this exclusion was an example of discrimination against socially conservative Christians provoked by her opposition to the homosexual lifestyle.