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Barbour, Douglas

(1940-2021) Canadian poet (author of at least fourteen volumes of poems, initially under the influence of Ezra Pound) and academic, a professor of English at the University of Alberta; his "Patterns of Meaning in the SF Novels of Ursula K. Le Guin, Joanna Russ and Samuel R. Delany, 1962-1972", accepted by Queen's University in 1976, was the first Canadian doctoral dissertation in the field of sf. A competent study of Delany was spun off from this volume: Worlds Out of Words: The SF Novels of Samuel R Delany (1979). Several shorter essays, specifically those on Samuel R Delany and Ursula K Le Guin, demonstrated Barbour's adhesion to a high-road view of the genre, although he also published a short piece on The Witches of Karres (December 1949 Astounding; exp 1966) by James H Schmitz and reviewed with some liberality of grasp in a range of venues that included Algol, Foundation: The Review of Science Fiction, The New York Review of Science Fiction, Riverside Quarterly, SF Commentary and Vector.

With Phyllis Gotlieb he edited Tesseracts2 (anth 1987), one of the Tesseracts series of anthologies containing original Canadian stories. [JC]

see also: Canada; Tesseracts.

Douglas Fleming Barbour

born Winnipeg, Manitoba: 21 March 1940

died 25 September 2021


works as editor


Entry from The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (2011-current) edited by John Clute and David Langford.
Accessed 16:45 pm on 15 July 2024.