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Zoline, Pamela

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author, Artist.

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Working name of US painter and author Pamela Lifton-Zoline (1941-    ), in the UK 1963-1986. In the late 1960s she illustrated several stories in a collage-derived style for New Worlds, including Thomas M Disch's Camp Concentration (July-October 1967 New Worlds; 1968). She began publishing work of genre interest with "The Heat Death of the Universe" (July 1967 New Worlds), a finely structured application of the concept of Entropy to the life of an American housewife, through whose perceptions its rise is experienced literally. The story, which for many readers has become an Icon of New Wave sensibility, appeared in Zoline's first collection, Busy About the Tree of Life and Other Stories (coll 1988; vt The Heat Death of the Universe and Other Stories 1988); the long story which gives its title to the UK edition is also sf. Annika and the Wolves (1985 chap) is a children's fantasy. «Wild Jack», a significant portion of a novel, was sold to Harlan Ellison for «The Last Dangerous Visions» in the early 1970s; the manuscript was retained by Ellison.

With John Sladek, Zoline edited both issues of and contributed to Ronald Reagan: The Magazine of Poetry (1968, 2 issues); other contributors included Disch and J G Ballard. In Telluride, Colorado, she has since 1986 written, designed and produced sf plays for the Muddbutt Mystery Theatre; with her husband John Lifton-Zoline (1945-    ) she founded the Centre for the Future in Slavonice, Czech Republic, some of whose projects include exercises in Futures Studies. [JC]

see also: Cosmology; Oulipo.

Pamela Zoline

born Chicago, Illinois: 20 June 1941



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