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Schlobin, Roger C

Entry updated 11 March 2024. Tagged: Author, Critic.

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(1944-2017) US academic and bibliographer, with the Department of English at Purdue University, Indiana, professor emeritus since 2011. Though Schlobin contributed bibliographically to the sf/fantasy field in general, it is clear that he focused by choice on fantasy. His first book of genre interest, A Research Guide to Science Fiction Studies: An Annotated Checklist of Primary and Secondary Sources for Fantasy and Science Fiction (1977) with L W Currey and Marshall B Tymn, attempted, like many published by US academics in the 1970s, to perform the essential task of making the field accessible to scholars; and did so very well. A revised edition, needed for many years, seems now unlikely to appear. Also with Tymn, Schlobin cofounded and co-edited (1976-1981) the Year's Scholarship in Science Fiction and Fantasy series. Solo, he compiled The Literature of Fantasy: A Comprehensive Annotated Bibliography of Modern Fantasy (1979), which provides a listing of adult fantasy up to 1979. Other bibliographical work includes Andre Norton: A Primary and Secondary Bibliography (1980 chap; exp 1995 with Irene R Harrison), Urania's Daughters: A Checklist of Women Science Fiction Writers, 1692-1982 (1983 chap) and the rudimentary A Glen Cook Bibliography (1983 chap) with Glen Cook. The Aesthetics of Fantasy Literature and Art (anth 1982) is a useful gathering of reprint essays, several aspiring to define the genre. More recently he published Phantasmagoria: Collected Essays on the Nature of Fantasy and Horror Literature (coll 2013). Schlobin was a past editor of the Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts and edited the Starmont House Starmont Reader's Guide series of sf/fantasy critical monographs from 1979 to 1992. [JC/DRL]

see also: Critical and Historical Works About SF; SF in the Classroom.

Roger Clark Schlobin

born New York: 22 June 1944

died Greenville, North Carolina: 25 April 2017




The Year's Scholarship in Science Fiction and Fantasy

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