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Warrick, Patricia S

Entry updated 9 October 2023. Tagged: Author.

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(1925-2023) US academic, most of whose work has concentrated upon the themes explicated in the book version of her PhD thesis, The Cybernetic Imagination in Science Fiction (1980), an impressively thorough study that concentrates on the work of Isaac Asimov, including an analysis of the Encyclopedia Galactica which serves as Hari Seldon's electronic bible in the Foundation series; her analysis is supplemented by Machines That Think: The Best Science Fiction Stories about Robots & Computers (anth 1984) with Asimov and Martin H Greenberg. Mostly with Greenberg, she co-edited the extensive Through Science Fiction teaching anthologies (for titles see Checklist below). In essays published from the mid-1970s, and in Science Fiction: Contemporary Mythology: The SFWA-SFRA Anthology (anth 1978) with Greenberg and Joseph D Olander, she focused on the relationship between Homo sapiens and its Cybernetic offspring, a focus which led naturally to a concentration on the work of Philip K Dick. After editing (with Greenberg) a collection of his work, Robots, Androids, and Mechanical Oddities: The Science Fiction of Philip K. Dick (coll 1984), she examined his whole career in Mind in Motion: The Fiction of Philip K. Dick (1987), perhaps the most thorough study of his entire oeuvre yet published. [JC]

see also: Anthropology; Computers; Sociology; Thomas D Clareson Award.

Patricia Scott Warrick

born LaGrange, Indiana: 6 February 1925

died Green Bay, Wisconsin: 23 February 2023


works as editor


Through Science Fiction

For titles not co-edited by Warrick, see Martin H Greenberg.

individual titles as editor


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