Carol Emshwiller

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Carol Emshwiller
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Carol Emshwiller, 1998
Born (1921-04-12) April 12, 1921 (age 97)
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Occupation writer
Nationality United States
Genre science fiction, magical realism
Teaching at Clarion West, 1998.

Carol Emshwiller (born April 12, 1921) is 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.

She is the widow of the artist and experimental filmmaker Ed Emshwiller. 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.

Emshwiller was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She lives in New York City most of the year, and spends her summers in Owens Valley, California, and has used this setting in her stories.

In 2005, she was awarded the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement.[1] 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.

In 2009, she donated her archive to the department of Rare Books and Special Collections at Northern Illinois University.[2]


  • 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)

Short fiction

Title Year First published in Reprinted in
Grandma 2002 The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction (Mar 2002)
  • Report to the Men's Club and Other Stories (Small Beer Press, 2002)
  • Year's Best SF 8 (2003)
  • Jack Dann, ed. Nebula Awards Showcase 2005 (Roc, 2005)


  1. World Fantasy Convention (2010). "Award Winners and Nominees". Retrieved 4 Feb 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) Collection, Northern Illinois University

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