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 awardsPrix Aurora Award
(m. 1949)
ChildrenLeo Gotlieb
Margaret Gotlieb
Jane Lipson

Phyllis Fay Gotlieb (née Bloom; May 25, 1926 – July 14, 2009)[1][2] was a Canadian science fiction novelist and poet.


Born of Jewish heritage[3] in Toronto, Gotlieb graduated from the University of Toronto with degrees in literature in 1948 (BA) and 1950 (MA).

In 1961, Gotlieb published the pamphlet Who Knows One, a collection of poems.[4] Her first novel, the science-fiction tale Sunburst, was published in 1964. Gotlieb won the Prix Aurora Award for Best Novel in 1982 for her novel A Judgement of Dragons. The Sunburst Award is named for her first novel.[5]

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


Science Fiction books[edit]

  • 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.[6]
  • Blue Apes. Edmonton: Tesseract Books, 1995.[6]
  • Flesh and Gold. New York: Tor, 1998.[6]
  • Violent Stars. New York: Tor, 1999.[6]
  • Mindworld. New York: Tor, 2002.[6]
  • Birthstones. Toronto: Robert J. Sawyer Books, 2007.[6]

Poetry collections[edit]

  • 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.[7]


  1. ^ Phyllis Gotlieb Service Details
  2. ^ "Phyllis Gotlieb, sci-fi writer and poet, dies at 83". CBC. July 15, 2009. Retrieved February 8, 2021.
  3. ^ Biography
  4. ^ Boyd, Colin (December 16, 2013). "Phyllis Gotlieb". The Canadian Encyclopedia (online ed.). Historica Canada.
  5. ^ The Sunburst Award
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ "Phyllis Gotlieb," Canadian Women Poets,, Web, April 27, 2011.

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