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Wood, Susan

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

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(1948-1980) Canadian sf critic and academic, with a PhD in nineteenth-century Canadian literature, who taught English (including sf) at the University of British Columbia. An sf fan of great energy, she won a 1973 Hugo as Susan Wood Glicksohn with her then husband Mike Glicksohn for Energumen as Best Fanzine, a second (now as Susan Wood again) for Best Fan Writer in 1974, and a third for Best Fan Writer (tied with Richard E Geis) in 1977; her fourth, also for Best Fan Writer, was awarded posthumously in 1981. Wood wrote much criticism, including introductions for Gregg Press books and a review column in Algol which campaigned vigorously against sexism (see Feminism), as did her essay in book form The Poison Maiden & The Great Bitch: Female Stereotypes in Marvel Superhero Comics (1974 chap as Susan Wood Glicksohn; rev 1989 chap as Susan Wood). An important essay was "Women and Science Fiction" (Winter 1978/1979 Algol), reprinted in Teaching Science Fiction (anth 1980) edited by Jack Williamson. She edited and introduced The Language of the Night: Essays on Fantasy and Science Fiction (coll 1979) by Ursula K Le Guin. Wood's health was delicate and she drove herself too hard; her death was untimely. She wrote the Canada entry for the first edition of this encyclopedia. [PN]

see also: Sci Fi; Women in SF.

Susan Joan Wood

born Ottawa, Ontario: 22 August 1948

died Vancouver, British Columbia: 12 November 1980


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