Hillegas, Mark R

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(1926-2000) US sf critic and professor of English who was based at Southern Illinois University. In 1961 he gave, at Colgate, one of the first university-level classes in sf in the USA (see SF in the Classroom). His academic study The Future as Nightmare: H.G. Wells and the Anti-Utopians (1967) deals primarily with such Mainstream Writers of Dystopias as Karel Čapek, Aldous Huxley, C S Lewis, George Orwell and Yevgeny Zamiatin; it has become a standard reference. A later work edited by Hillegas is Shadows of Imagination: The Fantasies of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and Charles Williams (anth 1969). His sf criticism, which includes a number of essays, was all published in the 1960s and 1970s. He won the Pilgrim Award in 1992. [PN]

Mark Robert Hillegas

born Glendale, California: 26 December 1926

died San Francisco, California: 22 August 2000

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