Lucius Shepard (1943-2014)

20 March 2014

Lucius Shepard, one of the sf world's most remarkable yet academically neglected storytellers, died on 18 March. Following early genre appearances in 1983, his debut novel was the richly magic-realist Green Eyes (1984). He won the 1985 John W Campbell Award for best new writer, a Nebula for the 1986 story "R&R" -- which became part of Life during Wartime (1987) -- and a Locus Award for his reimagining of Vampire myths in The Golden (1993). His 1992 sf novella "Barnacle Bill the Spacer" won the Hugo. Other awards followed, and many more tales with hauntingly exotic settings, perhaps most famously the Dragon Griaule sequence which includes that particularly fine short novel The Scalehunter's Beautiful Daughter (1988).

To forestall further attempted corrections to the SFE entry: Wikipedia had long given the later birth year 1947, probably taken from the 1993 edition of SFE, but our amendment to 1943 is based on considerable additional research.

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