Zoran Živković (writer)
In 1973, Zoran Živković graduated in literary theory from the Department of General Literature at the University of Belgrade Faculty of Philology; he received his master's degree in 1979 with the work “Anthropomorphism and the motif of the first contact in the works of Arthur C. Clarke” ("Antropomorfizam i motiv prvog kontakta u delima Artura Klarka") and his doctorate in 1982 from the same university. His dissertation, "The Appearance of Science Fiction as a Genre of Artistic Prose" ("Nastanak naučne fantastike kao žanra umetničke proze"), appeared in his Contemporaries of the Future anthology, along with several of the stories discussed.
Before starting to publish his own writings, Živković was notable for translating many crucial science fiction novels to Serbo-Croatian, such as Arthur C. Clarke's 2001: A Space Odyssey, Frank Herbert's Dune, Isaac Asimov's The Naked Sun and Anthony Burgess' A Clockwork Orange. Živković also translated non-fiction scientific works, such as Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time, Carl Sagan's Cosmos and Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution by Neil deGrasse Tyson and Donald Goldsmith.
In 1982, Živković founded the Polaris imprint, Yugoslavia's first privately owned publishing house, through which he released over a hundred books.
Zoran Živković also wrote and hosted a television series about science fiction cinema, titled "The Starry Screen" ("Zvezdani ekran", 1984). The show later inspired a book of critical essays under the same title.
He wrote himself the entire text of his large, richly illustrated, two-tome Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (Enciklopedija naučne fantastike) but since the year 2000 discontinued his engagement in SF and in literary studies as such, and turned entirely to writing prose.
In 1994 Živković's novel The Fourth Circle won the "Miloš Crnjanski" Award. In 2003, Živković's mosaic novel The Library won a World Fantasy Award for Best Novella. In 2007 Živković's novel "The Bridge " won the "Isidora Sekulić" Award. In 2007 Živković won the "Stefan Mitrov Ljubiša" Award for his life achievement in literature.
In 2005, Belgrade TV station Studio B produced The Collector ("Sakupljač") TV series, based upon Živković's story suite Twelve Collections. In 2007, notable Serbian film author Puriša Đorđević directed the film Dva, based on Živković's prose elements.
In 2009, Živković was a guest of honor at the World Fantasy Convention.
- The Fourth Circle (Četvrti krug, 1993)
- Time-gifts (Vremenski darovi, 1997)
- The Writer (Pisac, 1998)
- The Book (Knjiga, 1999)
- Impossible Encounters (Nemogući susreti, 2000)
- Seven Touches of Music (Sedam dodira muzike, 2001)
- The Library (Biblioteka, 2002)
- Steps Through the Mist (Koraci kroz maglu, 2003)
- Hidden Camera (Skrivena kamera, 2003)
- Compartments (Vagon, 2004)
- Four Stories Till the End (Četiri priče do kraja, 2004)
- Twelve Collections and The Teashop (Dvanaest zbirki i čajdžinica, 2005)
- The Bridge (Most, 2006)
- Miss Tamara, The Reader (Čitateljka, 2006)
- Amarcord (Amarkord, 2007)
- The Last Book (Poslednja knjiga, 2007)
- Escher's Loops (Esherove petlje, 2008)
- The Ghostwriter (Pisac u najam, 2009)
- Novels (Romani, 2009) (The first volume of the collected Živković's prose)
- Impossible Stories (Nemoguće priče, 2010) (The second volume of the collected Živković's prose)
- The Five Wonders of the Danube (Pet dunavskih čuda, 2011)
- Find Me (Nađi me, 2012)
- Contemporaries of the Future (Savremenici budućnosti, 1983)
- The Starry Screen (Zvezdani ekran, 1984)
- First Contact (Prvi kontakt, 1985)
- The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction I-II (Enciklopedija naučne fantastike I-II, 1990)
- Essays on Science Fiction (Ogledi o naučnoj fantastici, 1995)
- On Genre and Writing (O žanru i pisanju, 2010)
- The Clay Writer: Shaping in the Creative Writing (Pisac od gline — oblikovati u kreativnom pisanju, 2013)
- Challenges of Fantastika (2013)
- The Devil In Brisbane (2005)
- Fantastical Journeys to Brisbane (2007)
- Official web site
- Zoran Živković at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- Zoran Živković at the Internet Movie Database
- Works by or about Zoran Živković (writer) in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
- A Living Clock, a critical examination of Time-Gifts by Dušica Potić
- Talented Dreamer, an appreciation of the fiction of Zoran Zivkovic by Tamar Yellin
- A review of Twelve Collections and The Teashop, by Lara Buckerton
- The Motif of First Contact in Arthur C. Clarke's SF Works, an excerpt from Zoran Živković's Master's thesis at Fantastic Metropolis
- Utopia in Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke, at Fantastic Metropolis
- World Literature Today, November–December 2011