Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Phyllis Gotlieb, "grand dame of Canadian science fiction," dies in Toronto

Life member and founding member of SF Canada Phyllis Gotlieb, the "grand dame of Canadian science fiction," died yesterday in Toronto of complications from a burst appendix.

Born Phyllis Fay Bloom on May 25, 1926, in Toronto, in the 1960s and 1970s she was the only prominent English-language Canadian SF writer; in 1982 she was honored with an Aurora Award for lifetime achivement.

Her first SF story, "A Grain of Manhood," appeared in Fantastic in 1959, and she published short fiction widely right into this century. Some of her stories are gathered in Son of the Morning and Other Stories (1983) and Blue Apes (1995). She edited Tesseracts2 (1987), an anthology of Canadian SF, with Douglas Barbour.

Phyllis's first novel, Sunburst appeared in 1959; one of Canada's most important SF prizes is called the Sunburst Award in her honor. Other works include her Sven Dhalgren books: O Master Caliban! (1976) and Heart of Red Iron (1989); her Starcats series: Nebula-nominated novella "Son of the Morning" (1972) and novels including Aurora Award winner A Judgment of Dragons(1980), Emperor, Swords, Pentacles (1982), and Tiptree and Aurora finalist The Kingdom of the Cats; the Flesh and Gold series: Flesh and Gold (1998), Violent Stars (1999);Mindworlds (2002); and standalone feminist fantasy Birthstones (2007).

The funeral will be held on Thursday, July 16, at 3:30 p.m. at Adath Israel Synogague in Toronto. Details are here.


Lynda said...

Sorry to hear this. A loss to the genre.

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