The Science Fiction of Phyllis Gotlieb

A Critical Reading

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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)

Dominick Grace, an associate professor of English at Brescia University College, has published numerous articles on subjects ranging from medieval and early modern literature to contemporary popular culture. He lives in London, Canada.

Bibliographic Details

Dominick Grace
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 240
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2015
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7082-2
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1508-0
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

One—Early Short Fiction 11

Two—Sunburst 41

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

Conclusion 201

Chapter Notes 205

Works Cited 216

Index 223

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.