Carol Emshwiller (April 12, 1921 – February 2, 2019) was an American writer of avant garde short stories and science fiction who has won prizes ranging from the Nebula Award to the Philip K. Dick Award. Ursula K. Le Guin has called her "a major fabulist, a marvelous magical realist, one of the strongest, most complex, most consistently feminist voices in fiction." Among her novels are Carmen Dog and The Mount. She has also written two cowboy novels called Ledoyt and Leaping Man Hill. Her most recent novel, The Secret City, was published in April 2007.
Carol Emshwiller, 1998
April 12, 1921
Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.
|Died||February 2, 2019 (aged 97)|
Durham, North Carolina, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Michigan|
|Genre||science fiction, magical realism|
She was the widow of artist and experimental filmmaker Ed Emshwiller and "regularly served as his model for paintings of beautiful women." Their daughter Susan Emshwiller co-wrote the movie Pollock. Their son Peter Emshwiller is an actor, artist, screenwriter, and novelist. Their daughter Eve is a botanist and ethnobotanist at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
In 2005, she was awarded the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement. Her short story, "Creature" won the 2002 Nebula Award for Best Short Story and "I Live With You" won the 2005 Nebula Award in the same category.
She died on February 2, 2019 in Durham, North Carolina, where she was living with her daughter Susan.
- Joy in Our Cause: Short Stories (1974)
- Carmen Dog (1988)
- Verging on the Pertinent (1989)
- The Start of the End of It All (1990) (Winner of the World Fantasy Award, Best Collection)
- Ledoyt (1995)
- Leaping Man Hill (1999)
- Report to the Men's Club and Other Stories (2002)
- The Mount (2002)
- Mister Boots (2005)
- I Live With You (Tachyon Publications, 2005)
- The Secret City (Tachyon Publications, 2007)
- The Collected Stories of Carol Emshwiller (2011)
- In The Time Of War & Master Of the Road To Nowhere (2011)
|Title||Year||First published in||Reprinted in|
|Grandma||2002||The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction (Mar 2002)||
- Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, "Ed Emshwiller"
- World Fantasy Convention (2010). "Award Winners and Nominees". Archived from the original on 2010-12-01. Retrieved 4 Feb 2011.
- Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) Collection Archived 2012-06-03 at the Wayback Machine, Northern Illinois University
- "Carol Emshwiller (1921-2019)". Locusmag. February 5, 2019. Retrieved February 5, 2019.
- Official website
- Carol Emshwiller at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- Carol Emshwiller on IMDb
- 2011 radio interview at The Bat Segundo Show
- Carol Emshwiller at Library of Congress Authorities, with 13 catalog records
- PELT (1958), reprint at Library of America. Includes a biographical sketch, and a 1957 portrait by Ed Emshwiller.
- Episode 6 of the podcast Buxom Blondes with Ray Guns (Hannah Wolfe, March 3, 2018) features two 1957 stories by Carol Emshwiller.