2019-04-07 20:12:18 UTC
Ursula Le Guin once called her "a major fabulist, a marvelous magical realist, one of the strongest, most complex, most consistently feminist voices in fiction."
Most of it:
Author Carol Emshwiller, 97, died February 2, 2019 in Durham NC, where she was living with her daughter.
She began her long career with “This Thing Called Love” in Future (1955), and was known for her experimental and feminist fiction. Many early stories appeared in F&SF and the Orbit anthologies, and some of her most striking early work is collected in Joy in Our Cause (1974). Other collections include Verging on the Pertinent (1989), World Fantasy Award winner The Start of the End of It All and Other Stories (1990), Report to the Men’s Club and Other Stories (2002), and I Live With You (2005). Collections In the Time of War and Other Stories of Conflict (2011) and Master of the Road to Nowhere and Other Tales of the Fantastic (2011) were published in a single volume, dos-a-dos. The Collected Short Stories of Carol Emshwiller: Vol 1 (2011) and The Collected Short Stories of Carol Emshwiller: Vol 2 (2016) were far-ranging career retrospectives. Her stories “Creature” (2002) and “I Live with You” (2005) won Nebula Awards.
Though best known as a story writer, Emshwiller also wrote strange, powerful novels, including Carmen Dog (1988), set in a world where women transform into dogs (and vice versa); alien invasion tale The Mount (2002), a Philip K. Dick Award winner; YA Mister Boots (2005) about a man who transforms into a horse (or vice versa); and aliens-stranded-on-Earth novel The Secret City (2007). She also wrote a pair of Westerns, Ledoyt (1995) and sequel Leaping Man Hill (1999). She received a World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement in 2005, and was a World Fantasy guest of honor in 2007...
(another long piece)
(about her work)
(about her short fiction, from Locus)
(includes funny book cover)
(34-minute video interview from 2011)
MacDowell Colony fellowship, 1973; New York State Creative Artist Public Service grant, 1975; National Endowment for the Arts grant, 1979; New York State Foundation for the Arts grant, 1988; New York University Award for Teaching Excellence, 1989; World Fantasy Award, 1991, for The Start of the End of It All; Gallun Award, 1999; Icon Award, 1999; Philip K. Dick Award, Philadelphia Science Fiction Society, 2002, for The Mount, and nominee for Report to the Men's Club and Other Stories; Nebula Award in short-story category, Science Fiction Writers of America, 2002, for "Creature"; Nebula nominations, Science Fiction Writers of America, 2003, for The Mount and "Grandma"; Nebula Award, 2005, for "I Live with You."
Joy in Our Cause (short stories), Harper (New York, NY), 1974.
Pilobolus and Joan (television play), WNET, New York, NY, 1974.
Family Focus (television play), 1977.
Verging on the Pertinent (short stories), Coffee House Press (Minneapolis, MN), 1989.
The Start of the End of It All (short stories), Women's Press (London, England), 1990, revised edition, Mercury House (San Francisco, CA), 1991.
Carmen Dog (novel), Mercury House (St. Paul, MN), 1990, Peapod Classics (Northampton, MA), 2004.
Venus Rising (novella), Edgewood Press (Cambridge, MA), 1992.
Ledoyt (novel), Mercury House (San Francisco, CA), 1995.
Leaping Man Hill (novel), Mercury House (San Francisco, CA), 1999.
The Mount, Small Beer Press (Brooklyn, NY), 2002.
Report to the Men's Club and Other Stories, Small Beer Press (Brooklyn, NY), 2002.
Mr. Boots (young adult), Viking (New York, NY), 2005.
I Live with You, Tachyon (San Francisco, CA), 2005.