Alexei Panshin

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Alexei Panshin (born August 14, 1940)[1] is an American writer and science fiction (SF) critic. He has written several critical works and several novels, including the 1968 Nebula Award-winning novel Rite of Passage[2] and the 1990 Hugo Award winning study of science fiction The World Beyond the Hill (written with his wife, Cory Panshin).[3]

Biography[edit]

Alexis Adams Panshin was born in Lansing, Michigan.[1]

Other works[edit]

Panshin is also noted for the cult favorite Anthony Villiers series which consists of three books: Star Well, The Thurb Revolution, and Masque World. The fourth volume of the series, The Universal Pantograph,[4] never appeared, reputedly because of conflicts between the writer and his publisher. Of the Villiers series, noted SF writer Samuel R. Delany writes in the foreword of Star Well:

Panshin published a study of SF legend Robert A. Heinlein, Heinlein In Dimension.[2] He also co-wrote Earth Magic with wife Cory Panshin. His general critical work SF in Dimension (1976) was also co-written with Cory Panshin, as was the lengthy theoretical-critical book, The World Beyond The Hill (1989). His works also include a short story collection, Farewell To Yesterday's Tomorrow.

Heinlein In Dimension first brought Panshin to wide public notice. Robert A. Heinlein objected strongly to it, and attempted to stop its publication. He wrote the prospective publisher and reserved his right to seek legal redress if appropriate. As a result sections were published in fanzines in 1966, for which Panshin won the Best Fan Writer Hugo award in 1967. This in turn helped the book achieve professional publication. Opinions are divided on the propriety of Panshin's research techniques and of Heinlein's response. Spider Robinson and Sam Moskowitz have strongly criticized both. Panshin's own views on the matter, along with some views by others, can be found on his website The Abyss of Wonder.

A number of Alexei Panshin's books (including The World Beyond the Hill) are presently being republished by Phoenix Pick, an imprint of Arc Manor Publishers.

Published work[edit]

Novels[edit]

  • Alexei Panshin (1968). Rite of Passage. New York: Ace Publishing Corporation. Ace 72781. 
  • Alexei Panshin (1968). Star Well. New York: Ace Publishing Corporation. p. 157. ISBN 0-441-78405-4. Ace G-756. 
  • Alexei Panshin (1968). The Thurb Revolution. New York: Ace Publishing Corporation. ISBN 0-441-80855-7. Ace G-762. 
  • Alexei Panshin (1969). Masque World. New York: Ace Publishing Corporation. p. 156. ISBN 0-441-02320-060 Check |isbn= value (help). Ace 2320. 
  • Alexei Panshin; Cory Panshin (1978). Earth Magic. New York: Ace Publishing Corporation. p. 275. ISBN 0-441-18120-1. 

Collections[edit]

  • Alexei Panshin (1975). Farewell to Yesterdays Tomorrow. New York: Berkley Publishing Corporation. p. 212. ISBN 0-425-03211-6. 
  • Alexei Panshin; Cory Panshin (1982). Transmutations: A Book of Personal Alchemy. Dublin, PA: Elephant Books. p. 214. 

Non-Fiction[edit]

  • Alexei Panshin (1968). Heinlein in Dimension: A Critical Analysis. Chicago: Advent Publishers. p. 214. ISBN 0-911682-12-0. 
  • Alexei Panshin; Cory Panshin (1976). SF in Dimension: A Book of Explorations. Chicago: Advent Publishers. p. 342. ISBN 0-911682-21-X. 
  • Alexei Panshin; Cory Panshin (1989). The World Beyond the Hill: Science Fiction and the Quest for Transcendence. Los Angeles: Jeremy P. Tarcher, Inc. p. 685. ISBN 0-87477-554-X. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Panshin, Alexei". Revised April 12, 2014. The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (sf-encyclopedia.com). Retrieved 2014-08-14. Entry by 'JC', John Clute.
  2. ^ a b Nicholls 1979, p. 447.
  3. ^ Reginald 1992, p. 744.
  4. ^ Panshin 1969, p. 157.
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