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Wilson, Robin Scott

Entry updated 29 September 2020. Tagged: Author, Editor.

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(1928-2013) US editor, academic and author, President of California State University, Chico, California, until his retirement in 1993, and thereafter a trustee professor at California State University, Monterey Bay, California. He began publishing sf with "The State of the Art" for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in July 1970; his best story is probably "For a While There, Herbert Marcuse, I Thought You Were Maybe Right About Alienation and Eros" (July 1972 F&SF). Early short work was published as by Robin Scott or Robin S Scott. His only sf novel is To the Sound of Freedom (1973) with Richard W Shryock.

Wilson was most influential as the founder, with Damon Knight and others, of the Clarion Science Fiction Writers' Workshop in Clarion, Pennsylvania, in 1968. In addition to directing the workshop, he edited Clarion: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction and Criticism from the Clarion Writers' Workshop (anth 1971), Clarion II (anth 1972) and Clarion III (anth 1973); in the last he announced his retirement from Clarion. Additionally, Wilson edited Those Who Can: A Science Fiction Reader (anth 1973), in which, interestingly, writers discuss their own and others' stories in the anthology under various critical headings: Plot, Character, Setting, Theme, Point of View and Style. A further anthology is Paragons: Twelve Master Science Fiction Writers Ply Their Craft (anth 1996), edited as Robin Wilson. [JC/DRL]

Robin Scott Wilson

born Columbus, Ohio: 19 September 1928

died September 2013

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