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Hillegas, Mark R

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author, Critic.

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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 mostly with writers of Dystopias like Karel Čapek, Aldous Huxley, C S Lewis, George Orwell and Yevgeny Zamiatin, his approach reflecting a period when they were primarily thought of and treated as Mainstream Writers; it became 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; exp 1979). 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


works as editor


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