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Lovisi, Gary

Entry updated 14 July 2023. Tagged: Author.

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(1952-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Why Do These Things Always Happen to Me?" for Heart of Dixie Comics in 1983, an sf Satire expanded into The Saga of Filster Stein (fixup 1988 chap). He has mostly written horror, though material from The Gargoyle (coll 1988 chap) was expanded into The Gargoyle (fixup 2000), set in the Far Future where an investigator risks the thrills of Time Abyss in his attempts to plumb the nature of the eponymous figure (see Horror in SF). Further sf tales – similarly irradiated with horror tropes (see Equipoise) – include Sarasha: A Novel of the Future (1997), in which an Earth long abandoned by humans is revisited and found to be full of weirdly Uplifted animals. The Winged-Men: An Interplanetary Scientific Romance (1997 chap), signalled as the beginning of the Cosian Chronicles, was substantially revised in 2014 and reissued the first volume in the Jon Kirk of Ares series.

In all this work, deliberate homages are paid to Pulp sf, a territory Lovisi also explored in his first book, Science Fiction Detective Tales (1986), a somewhat sketchy but well-informed survey. Instant Expert: Collecting Science Fiction and Fantasy (1997; exp vt Collecting Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Paperbacks 2002) is also useful. [JC]

Gary Anthony Lovisi

born New Hyde Park, New York: 28 April 1952



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