The Science Fiction of Phyllis Gotlieb
A Critical Reading
About the Book
Gotlieb is a writer central to the Canadian science fiction canon. Though she has been called the queen of Canadian SF by Robert J. Sawyer, and though David Ketterer has suggested that she is Canadian SF, Gotlieb has been largely overlooked by SF studies. This book delves deeply into her body of work and traces her career in detail. Offering close readings of Gotlieb’s novels, short stories (including ones not reprinted since their initial appearances), and SF–related poetry, this study explores Gotlieb’s development as a writer and her characteristic themes.
The book also references her manuscripts when the differences between them and the published stories provide insights into her working methods. The book enumerates and analyzes Gotlieb’s innovative explorations of common SF tropes such as the superhuman, human-alien interaction, and the galactic empire, her prevalent thematic concerns (e.g., reproduction, colonization, the mind-body relationship, the essence of “humanity”) as well as her stylistically dense and literary approach to the genre.
About the Author(s)
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2015
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
One—Early Short Fiction 11
Three—The Dahlgren Diptych 63
Four—Mid-Period Short Fiction 99
Five—The Ungrukh Chronicles 127
Six—The Lyhhrt Trilogy 150
Seven—Science Fiction and Phyllis Gotlieb’s Poetry 171
Eight—Final Fictions 187
Chapter Notes 205
Works Cited 216
Book Reviews & Awards
“Masterful. This is a much-needed study of the complete works of a writer who deserves more scholarly attention.”—Amy Ransom, Vice-President of the Science Fiction Research Association.