A science fiction tale, combining humor, horror, high-tech tanks and artillery, and enigmatic visitors who read the darkest longings of the human mind.
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.
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. Her 1998 novel Flanders -- the highly metaphysical story of an American sharpshooter in 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 Anthony completed a new novel in 2006, but it remains unpublished.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.