Carol Emshwiller

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 last novel, The Secret City, was published in April 2007.

Carol Emshwiller
Carol Emshwiller, 1998
BornCarol Fries
(1921-04-12)April 12, 1921
Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.
DiedFebruary 2, 2019(2019-02-02) (aged 97)
Durham, North Carolina, U.S.
NationalityUnited States
Alma materUniversity of Michigan
Genrescience 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."[1] 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 lived in New York City most of the year, and spent 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.[2] 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.[3]

She died on February 2, 2019 in Durham, North Carolina, where she was living with her daughter Susan.[4]



Short fiction

  • Joy in Our Cause: Short Stories (1974)
  • Verging on the Pertinent (1989)
  • The Start of the End of It All (1990) (Winner of the World Fantasy Award, Best Collection)
  • Report to the Men's Club and Other Stories (2002)
  • I Live With You (Tachyon Publications, 2005)
  • The Collected Stories of Carol Emshwiller (2011)
  • In The Time Of War & Master Of the Road To Nowhere (2011)
Title Year First published Reprinted/collected Notes
Sex and/or Mr. Morrison 1967 Dangerous Visions
  • Joy In Our Cause (1974)
  • Women of Wonder (1975)
  • The Start of the End of It All (1990)
  • Crossing the Border (1998)
  • Passing for Human (2009)
  • Collected Stories of Carol Emshwiller, Vol. 1 (2011)
Foster mother 2001 "Foster mother". F&SF. 100 (2): 130–137. Feb 2001.
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. Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, "Ed Emshwiller"
  2. World Fantasy Convention (2010). "Award Winners and Nominees". Archived from the original on 2010-12-01. Retrieved 4 Feb 2011.
  3. Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) Collection Archived 2012-06-03 at the Wayback Machine, Northern Illinois University
  4. "Carol Emshwiller (1921-2019)". Locusmag. February 5, 2019. Retrieved February 5, 2019.
  5. Report to the Men's Club and Other Stories / The Mount / Carol Emshwiller - Featured Review at the SF Site, by Rich Horton; published 2003; retrieved May 23, 2016
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