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Jayge Carr 1940-2006
Stanley Schmidt

Margery Krueger, better known to science fiction and fantasy readers as Jayge Carr,  died of cancer on December 20, 2006.  Born (July 28, 1940) and raised in Houston, Texas, she spent her last years back in Texas after living in several other states. Despite such indignities as being denied membership in her high school’s rocketry club because she was a girl, she studied physics at Carnegie Institute of Technology and Wayne State University, earning one degree there and being well on her way to a doctorate at Case Western Reserve University when she left to raise a family—and write.  

Her first published story was “Alienation,” in the October 1976 Analog, and her subsequent output included three novels (Leviathan’s Deep, Navigator’s Sindrome, and The Treasure in the Heart of the Maze) and a wide range of short stories and novelettes, many of them in this magazine. Though recurring themes in her stories included such weighty matters as bigotry and pollution, there was also a perennial element of fun in them. In her own words, “Writing is fun…and…I can always hope, that if it’s fun to write, it’s also fun to read.” Critics sometimes regard her as a feminist writer, but she preferred to think of herself as a “peoplist,” adding, “Everyone should have equal opportunities and no one should be shoehorned into a role unfitting or barred from a role desired because of sex—or age, creed, color, or what-have-you.”

She is survived by her husband, Roger; daughters Cynthia and Sharon; sisters Carol, Joan, and Patsy; and granddaughters Carina and Alanna, to all of whom we extend our sincerest condolences.