Kristen Britain

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Author Review: Kristen Britain (? – Present)
Review Written By: Diane

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Biography

Kristen Britain is a new author in the science fiction/fantasy field. Being a newcomer, little personal information has been published about her. Ms. Britain was kind enough to provide FutureFiction with some details and insights during recent correspondence with her. Born in Batavia, NY, Britain grew up in the Fingerlakes region of New York State. She attended Ithaca College, in Ithaca, NY and majored in film production with a minor in writing. In 1987 she was awarded a BS from Ithaca’s school of communications.

In a seemingly unlikely move for a newly credentialed film producer, Britain chose to join the National Park Service after graduation. As a seasonal park ranger, she had an opportunity to live in various areas of the country including New York, Kentucky, Maryland, Colorado, Massachusetts, and Maine, moving every 4 to 8 months. Among other duties, she has taught educational programs in a classroom setting, conducted cave tours and patrolled historic carriage paths by bicycle. Although still with the National Park Service, Britain has lived in Maine since 1992. Her cats, Batwing the Black and Percival, keep her company there while she pursues some of her favorite activities including writing, hiking, canoeing, playing guitar, cartoon illustration, reading, cat watching, horseback riding and daydreaming (per Ms. Britain!).

Her first novel, Green Rider, is a fantasy adventure novel which hit the Locus Poll 1998 Recommended Reading List, gaining the #5 position in the Best First Novel (SF/fantasy) category. Quite an accomplishment since it is one of only 18 first SF/fantasy novels to receive the honor. Green Rider was also a finalist for the Compton Crook/Stephen Tall Memorial Award for Best First Novel of 1998.

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Writing Style

Britain’s forest service training and love of nature has stood her in good stead. Some of the most vivid scenes in Green Rider occur during the heroine’s flight through the primeval forest. The world she created is realistic and highly detailed. Britain’s main character is well-developed and the action is fast-paced. She uses a nice blend of practicality and magic to move the story along. Her heroine is likeable and the secondary characters are interesting also. In fact, I would have liked to have seen a bit more character development for some of the supporting cast — it seemed like many of them had their own stories to tell. There were some uneven patches in the story, places where things lagged or perhaps moved a bit too quickly, but for the most part, I think this was an excellent first offering. I feel sure that Britain’s talent will continue to grow and evolve and I am looking forward to her next contribution in this field.

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Body of Work

Green Rider Series

Green Rider (1998)
Mirror of the Moon (forthcoming sequel to Green Rider, publication date TBD)

Short Stories

Avalonein [A short story published in German in Marion Zimmer Bradleys Jenseits Von Avalon (in English: Marion Zimmer Bradley's Out of Avalon)] (1999)

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Green Rider - Official web site for Kristen Britain.  E-mail the author and tell her your impression of her writing.  She is very friendly and answered our e-mail very promptly.

Daw Books - Publisher of Britain's books.

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