Lisa Goldstein

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Elizabeth Joy "Lisa" Goldstein
Born (1953-11-21) November 21, 1953 (age 62)
Los Angeles, California, US
Pen name Isabel Glass
Occupation Novelist
Language English
Genre Fantasy, science fiction
Notable awards National Book Award

Lisa Goldstein (born November 21, 1953) is a fantasy and science fiction writer whose work has been nominated for Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy Awards. Her 1982 novel The Red Magician won a National Book Award in the one-year category Original Paperback[1] and was praised by Philip K. Dick shortly before his death.[2] Her 2011 novel, The Uncertain Places, won the 2012 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature, and her short story, "Paradise Is a Walled Garden," won the 2011 Sidewise Award for Best Short-Form Alternate History.


Elizabeth Joy "Lisa" Goldstein's father was Heinz Jurgen "Harry" Goldstein (born June 8, 1922 in Krefeld, Germany; died May 24, 1974 in Los Angeles), a survivor of Bergen-Belsen concentration camp; her mother, Miriam Roth (born April 8, 1922 in Mukachevo, Czechoslovakia; died October 12, 2011 in Los Angeles), survived the extermination camp Auschwitz. Her parents came to the United States in 1947 and met in an ESL class.

She has written two high fantasy novels, Daughter of Exile and The Divided Crown, under the pen name "Isabel Glass." Her publisher recommended a pseudonym because they differ so much from her other work. "Isabel" is from Point Isabel Regional Shoreline, a local park which includes a dog run. "Glass" fits the Tor Books standard for pseudonyms, short surnames in the first half of the alphabet.[3]

She married Douglas A. Asherman in 1986, and lives in Oakland, California.



  • The Red Magician (1982)
  • The Dream Years (1985)
  • A Mask for the General (1987)
  • Tourists (1989)
  • Strange Devices of the Sun and Moon (1993)
  • Summer King, Winter Fool (1994)
  • Walking the Labyrinth (1996)
  • Dark Cities Underground (1999)
  • The Alchemist's Door (2002)
  • Daughter of Exile (as Isabel Glass; 2004)
  • The Divided Crown (as Isabel Glass; 2005)
  • The Uncertain Places (2011)
  • Weighing Shadows (2015)


  • Daily Voices (1989)
  • Travellers in Magic (1994)



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  1. ^ a b "National Book Awards – 1983". National Book Foundation. Retrieved 2012-03-08.
  2. ^ "The Red Magician". Macmillan. Retrieved 2014-02-06.
  3. ^ "Why I Became Isabel Glass" (2006). Lisa Goldstein. Retrieved 2008-12-11.
  4. ^ "Sidewise Awards for Alternate History". Sidewise Awards. Retrieved 2014-02-06.
  5. ^ "Mythopoeic Awards – 2012". Mythopoeic Society. Retrieved 2014-02-06.
  6. ^ Nebula Awards from the 2000s Retrieved 2014-02-13

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