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Hassler, Donald M

Entry updated 14 November 2022. Tagged: Author, Critic, Editor.

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(1937-    ) US academic and scholar of sf, based at Kent State University, Ohio. Hassler was President of the Science Fiction Research Association 1985-1986, and became managing editor of the journal Extrapolation with the Summer 1986 issue, co-editor with the Winter 1987 issue, and editor with the Spring 1990 issue, ending his active editorial association with the journal in 2007. He was a pioneer in the early 1980s of "academic tracks" in world sf-Convention programming. He is on the editorial board of Carter Kaplan's Emanations Anthology series, to which he has contributed essays. Books by Hassler relating to sf are Erasmus Darwin (1973 chap), The Comedian as the Letter D: Erasmus Darwin's Comic Materialism (1973 Netherlands), Comic Tones in Science Fiction: The Art of Compromise with Nature (1982), Hal Clement, Reader's Guide 11 (1982 chap) and Isaac Asimov, Reader's Guide 40 (1991 chap). Collections of critical essays edited by Hassler are Patterns of the Fantastic: Academic Programming at Chicon IV (anth 1983), Patterns of the Fantastic II (anth 1984) and, with Carl B Yoke, Death and the Serpent: Immortality in Science Fiction and Fantasy (anth 1985). With his wife Sue Strong Hassler (1938-2022), he also edited Arthur Machen & Montgomery Evans: Letters of a Literary Friendship, 1923-1947 (coll 1994). Hassler should not be confused with the physicist Donald M Hassler (1961-    ), who is his son. [PN/JC]

see also: Critical and Historical Works About SF; Eaton Award; Greenwood Press; Immortality; Thomas D Clareson Award.

Donald Mackey Hassler II

born Akron, Ohio: 3 January 1937



works as editor


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