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Vukcevich, Ray

Entry updated 31 August 2018. Tagged: Author.

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(1946-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Rachel's Inheritance" in Pulphouse for Fall 1989, and who has remained prolific in short forms from that date, much of his work being darkly Equipoisal; his style has often been linked to that of Kelly Link (1969-    ), though unlike Link he uses sf topoi with some frequency in tales like "By the Time We Get to Uranus" (in Imagination Fully Dilated, anth 1998, edited by Alan M Clark and Elizabeth Engstrom), where the terminally ill are set adrift in spacesuits. Much of his short has been assembled as Meet Me in the Moon Room (coll 2001) and The Man of Maybe Half-a-Dozen Faces (2000) is a gonzo thriller whose protagonist is burdened or gifted with so many multiple personalities that, Avatar-like, they communicate with one another via Computer chat room. Twelve-step programs – the protagonist is trying to cure himself of an addiction to tap dancing – are treated with surreal levity. Vukcevich is a court jester in the halls of Fantastika, with a dangerous tongue. [JC]

Ray Vukcevich

born Carlsbad, New Mexico: 11 September 1946

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