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Turner, Alice K

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

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(1939-2015) US editor and critic who from 1980 to 2000 served as fiction editor of Playboy, in which capacity her editorial skills were praised by Robert Silverberg; after her departure, Playboy's long-established hospitality to sf was much diminished. She edited two Anthologies of fiction from the magazine, of which The Playboy Book of Science Fiction (anth 1998) is a good and representative selection of genre work published there. With Michael Andre-Driussi she edited Snake's Hands: A Chapbook About the Fiction of John Crowley (anth 2001 chap; much exp vt Snake's Hands: The Fiction of John Crowley 2003), to which she also contributed several essays. Further critical pieces by Turner have appeared in Asimov's, Locus and The New York Review of Science Fiction. Her one solo book-length work is the nonfiction The History of Hell (1993). [DRL]

see also: The Science Fiction Review.

Alice K Turner

born Shenyang, China: 29 May 1939

died New York: 16 January 2015


  • The History of Hell (New York: Harcourt Brace and Company, 1993) [nonfiction: hb/from William Blake]

works as editor


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