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Phyllis Gotlieb (1926–2009)

Author of Sunburst

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Works by Phyllis Gotlieb

Sunburst (1964) 140 copies
Flesh and Gold (1998) 109 copies
A Judgement of Dragons (1980) — Author — 105 copies
Emperor, Swords, Pentacles (1952) 94 copies
O Master Caliban (1976) 60 copies
The Kingdom of the Cats (1985) 60 copies
Blue Apes (2002) 29 copies
Mindworlds (2002) 26 copies
Son of the Morning (1983) 24 copies
Birthstones (2007) 20 copies
Tesseracts 2 (1987) — Editor — 19 copies
Heart of red iron (1989) 10 copies
Ordinary, Moving (1969) 6 copies
Psycataclysme (1964) 5 copies

Associated Works

Northern Stars: The Anthology of Canadian Science Fiction (1994) — Contributor — 83 copies
Tesseracts 3 (2002) — Contributor — 52 copies
Tesseracts 1 (1985) — Contributor — 50 copies
Speculations (1982) — Contributor — 49 copies
Tesseracts 4 (2002) — Contributor — 31 copies
The Berkley Showcase Vol. 4 (1981) — Contributor — 22 copies
The Edge of Space (1979) — Contributor — 17 copies
Ark of Ice (1992) — Contributor — 15 copies
Stars as Seen from this Particular Angle of Night (2003) — Introduction — 12 copies
The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction June 1972, Vol. 42, No. 6 (1972) — Contributor, some editions — 12 copies
SF Inventing the Future (1972) — Contributor — 11 copies
The Moment of Change (2012) — Contributor — 10 copies
To The Stars: Eight Stories of Science Fiction (1971) — Contributor — 7 copies
Poems for voices (1970) — Contributor — 3 copies


Common Knowledge

Legal name
Gotlieb, Phyllis Fay Bloom
Date of death
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Place of death
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Places of residence
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
University of Toronto (B.A, 1948)
University of Toronto (M.A, 1950)
science fiction novelist
short story writer
Gotlieb, C. C. (husband)
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America
SF Canada
Awards and honors
Prix Aurora Award (Best Novel ∙ 1982)
Short biography
Phyllis Gotlieb, née Bloom, was born to a Jewish family in Toronto, Canada. She decided as a child to become a writer. She earned a bachelor's degree in literature from the University of Toronto in 1948 and a master's degree in 1950. In 1961, she published her first work, a collection of poems called Who Knows One. Her first novel, the science fiction tale Sunburst, appeared in 1964. Canada's first juried prize for literature of the fantastic, The Sunburst Award, was named in honor of this seminal book and she became known as "the mother of Canadian science fiction." Phyllis was a prolific and frequently translated writer and she was famed for creating detailed universes in her science fiction. In 1982, she received the first-ever Prix Aurora Award for Best Novel for A Judgement of Dragons. She was married to Calvin Gotlieb, a physicist and computer-science professor, with whom she had three children.



This story about slaving clones (who somehow are sentient) has a lot going for it, but mostly a vivid imagination. The author presents a kaleidoscope of alien creatures to compose the novels main characters. Unfortunately for me, because of that it reads much more like a fantasy novel to me. I strongly prefer science fiction and generally don't like fantasy, so I read most of this out of curiosity but eventually stopped reading because I didn't really care about the characters.
keithostertag | 2 other reviews | Oct 1, 2021 |
In this last installment of the story of the Ungrukh, a group have been invited to come and live for awhile in the Grand Canyon on Solthree (Earth). Her reasons are convoluted, but it turns out that the cats have a nearby enemy and she manages to kill more than thirty of the visiting Ungrukh, enraging and energizing many, including the strange energy being Qumedon, who created the Ungrukh. Kinnear, close to retirement, returns and three generations of Ungrukh all work to bring justice to the fallen. All along I have wondered if the Qumedon is not the inspiration for "Q" in Star Trek Next Generation. Something in this last book makes me surer than ever.
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sibylline | 1 other review | Dec 7, 2019 |
Complex and seriously fun. The main characters, Prandra and Khreng, sentient felines, the females capable of powerful telepathy are not cuddly! Their origins are mysterious too . . . On assignment for the Galactic Federation, a pair end up in Poland, in a shtetl, in the middle ages and in a predicament that only the rabbi can help them get out of. That's the first story. Oh and the dragons are . . . really scary . . . and not really dragons exactly the way we've come to think of them. These entities live out in the universe. I have no doubt that Cherryh is a disciple. ****… (more)
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sibylline | 3 other reviews | Oct 29, 2019 |
"Violent Stars" and "Mindworlds" are the sequels to "Flesh and Gold" - which was one of my very favorite books last year. These were both excellent (but perhaps not quite as good as the first in the trilogy).

Plots and aliens abound in another complex sci-fi mystery...
The story continues in 'Mindworlds,' but now the focus is on a seeming plot by the alien Lyrrht to attack the planet of Khagodis. However, it is suspected that the plot may be only that of some rogue Lyrrht who do not speak for their whole species. But someone is recruiting armies, and disaster is in the works. Ned Gattes and his friend, the Lyrrht-created AI robot Spartakos, getting deeper and deeper in to danger, struggle to unravel the mystery, as does the judge Skerow's son Hasso, now a respected archivist - at least when he's not being framed for crimes he did not commit.
As the title suggests, thematically, the book is all about types of communication - and the breakdown of communication - between individuals, both on the level of misinformation and political plots - and the subtle transmission of human feelings of friendship and love.
Gotlieb has definitely become one of my very favorite authors.
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AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |



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