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Slusser, George

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

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(1939-2014) US academic, translator and critic, with a PhD in literature from Harvard, who also published as George Edgar Slusser and as George E Slusser. He was Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature at the University of California, Riverside, and Curator Emeritus of the J Lloyd Eaton Collection there; he was also Director of the Eaton Program for Science Fiction and Fantasy Studies, which is devoted to research. Slusser wrote and edited a number of critical books on sf, and also translated sf-related works by Honoré de Balzac and J-H Rosny aîné.

His critical books, all but the last from Borgo Press, are Robert A. Heinlein: Stranger in His Own Land (1976 chap; rev 1977), The Farthest Shores of Ursula K. Le Guin (1976 chap), The Bradbury Chronicles (1977 chap), Harlan Ellison: Unrepentant Harlequin (1977 chap), The Delany Intersection (1977 chap), The Classic Years of Robert A. Heinlein (1977 chap), The Space Odysseys of Arthur C. Clarke (1978 chap) and Gregory Benford (2014).

Slusser edited many anthologies of critical essays, most collecting papers delivered at the annual Eaton Conference on fantasy and sf and generally edited collaboratively with other academics involved in the Conference. The Eaton Conference Papers anthology sequence begins with Bridges to Science Fiction (anth 1980) edited with George Robert Guffey and Mark Rose, Bridges to Fantasy (anth 1982) edited with Eric Rabkin and Robert Scholes and Coordinates: Placing Science Fiction and Fantasy (anth 1983) edited with Rabkin and Scholes [for further titles see Checklist below]. By academic standards, at least, Slusser was a controversialist. On receiving the Pilgrim Award for services to sf criticism and scholarship in 1986, he argued that "we need to get sf out of the English department" into comparative literature, interdisciplinary studies or even as "a discipline in itself". [PN]

see also: Anthropology; Cinema; Critical and Historical Works About SF.

George Edgar Slusser

born San Francisco, California: 14 July 1939

died Highland, California: 4 November 2014


works as editor


Eaton Conference Papers

individual titles as editor

works as translator


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