Phyllis Gotlieb

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Phyllis Gotlieb
BornPhyllis Fay Bloom
(1926-05-25)May 25, 1926
Toronto, Ontario
DiedJuly 14, 2009(2009-07-14) (aged 83)
Toronto, Ontario
OccupationPoet, novelist
Alma materUniversity of Toronto
Notable awardsSunburst Award
Prix Aurora Award
Calvin Gotlieb (m. 1949)
ChildrenLeo Gotlieb
Margaret Gotlieb
Jane Lipson

Phyllis Fay Gotlieb (née Bloom; May 25, 1926 – July 14, 2009)[1] was a Canadian science fiction novelist and poet.


Born of Jewish heritage[2] in Toronto, Gotlieb graduated from the University of Toronto with degrees in literature in 1948 (BA) and 1950 (MA).

The Sunburst Award is named for her first novel, Sunburst.[3] Three years before Sunburst was published, Gotlieb published the pamphlet Who Knows One, a collection of poems.[4] Gotlieb won the Prix Aurora Award for Best Novel in 1982 for her novel A Judgement of Dragons.

Her husband was Calvin Gotlieb (1921–2016) a computer science professor; they lived in Toronto, Ontario.



  • Sunburst. New York: Fawcett, 1964.
  • Why Should I Have All the Grief? Toronto: Macmillan, 1969.
  • O Master Caliban! New York: Harper and Row, 1976.
  • A Judgement of Dragons. New York: Berkley Publishers, 1980.
  • Emperor, Swords, Pentacles. New York: Ace, 1982.
  • Son of the Morning and Other Stories. New York: Ace, 1983.
  • The Kingdom of the Cats. New York: Ace, 1985.
  • Heart of Red Iron. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1989.[5]
  • Blue Apes. Edmonton: Tesseract Books, 1995.[5]
  • Flesh and Gold. New York: Tor, 1998.[5]
  • Violent Stars. New York: Tor, 1999.[5]
  • Mindworld. New York: Tor, 2002.[5]
  • Birthstones. Toronto: Robert J. Sawyer Books, 2007.[5]


  • Who Knows One? Toronto: Hawkshead Press, 1961.
  • Within the Zodiac. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1964.
  • Ordinary Moving. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1969.
  • Doctor Umlaut's Earthly Kingdom. London, ON: Calliope Press, 1974.
  • The Works. London, ON: Calliope Press, 1978.
  • Red Blood Black Ink White Paper: New and Selected Poems 1961–2001. Toronto: Exile Editions, 2002. – 2002
  • Phyllis Loves Kelly. Toronto: University of Toronto, 2014.

Except where noted, bibliographic information courtesy Brock University.[6]


  1. ^ Phyllis Gotlieb Service Details
  2. ^ Biography
  3. ^ The Sunburst Award
  4. ^ Phyllis Fay Gotlieb at The Canadian Encyclopedia
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Selected Poetry of Phyllis Gotlieb Archived 4 September 2010 at the Wayback Machine," Representative Poetry Online,, Web, April 27, 2001.
  6. ^ "Phyllis Gotlieb," Canadian Women Poets,, Web, April 27, 2011.

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