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SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY POETRY:
2.4 Science Fiction Poetry Authors
by
JONATHAN VOS POST

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2.4 Science Fiction Poetry Authors

65 major Science Fiction authors who also wrote significant Science Fiction Poetry include:
  1. Brian Aldiss
  2. Kingsley Amis (*)
  3. Chester Anderson (*)
  4. Poul & Karen Anderson
  5. Isaac Asimov (*)
  6. Greg Benford
  7. Michael Bishop
  8. James Blish (*)
  9. Reginald Bretnor (*)
  10. John Brunner
  11. Orson Scott Card
  12. Dr. Christine M. Carmichael
  13. Arthur C. Clarke
  14. Stanton A. Coblentz
  15. George Robert Ackworth Conquest (1917-???)
  16. John Creasy (1908-???)
  17. L. Sprague de Camp
  18. Gordon Dickson
  19. Thomas Disch
  20. George Alec Effinger
  21. Suzette H. Elgin
  22. Harlan Ellison
  23. Carol Emshwiller
  24. Philip Jose Farmer
  25. Kenneth Fearing (1902-1961) (*)
  26. John M. Ford
  27. Janet Fox
  28. Robert Frazier
  29. Esther Friesner
  30. Randall Garrett (*)
  31. Phyllis Gotlieb
  32. Felix C. Gottschalk
  33. Joe Haldeman
  34. Harry Harrison
  35. Frank Herbert (*)
  36. L. Ron Hubbard (*)
  37. John Inouye
  38. John Jakes (*)
  39. George Clayton Johnson
  40. Virginia Kidd
  41. Stephen King
  42. Dean Koontz
  43. Henry Kuttner (*)
  44. Geoffrey A. Landis
  45. Alan P. Lightman
  46. Alice M. Lightner
  47. Jeffrey G. Liss
  48. Robert A. W. Lowndes
  49. Duncan Lunan
  50. Bruce McAllister
  51. Ann McCaffrey
  52. Marge Piercy
  53. Frederik Pohl
  54. Jonathan Vos Post
  55. Fred Saberhagan
  56. Pamela Sargent
  57. Hilbert Schenck Jr.
  58. Lucius Shepard
  59. John Sladek
  60. Olaf Stapleton (*)
  61. Theodore Sturgeon (*)
  62. Steve Rasnic Tem
  63. Gene Van Troyer
  64. George Henry Weiss "Francis Flagg" (1898-1946) (*)
  65. Roger Zelazny (*)
(*)=deceased. 66 other significant Science Fiction Poetry authors include:
  1. Diane Ackerman
  2. Duane Ackerson
  3. Dick Allen
  4. Ivan Arguelles
  5. Hope Athearn
  6. Lee Ballentine
  7. Ruth Berman
  8. John Gregory Betancourt
  9. Sue C. Bever
  10. Bruce Boston
  11. David Bunch
  12. Jack Butler
  13. David Calder
  14. Siv Cedering
  15. G. O. Clark P.O. Box 72364 Davis, CA 95617 e-mail G. O. Clark Poetry and reviews published in many sci fi magazines, including Pirate Writings, StarLine, Tale of the Unanticipated, Magazine of Speculative Poetry, etc. Published in many magazines over the past 18 years, and sci fi magazines over the past 5 years. the Locus online index lists a number of his works
  16. Marion Cohen (American Mathematical Monthly, published poems in magazines including Space & Time)
  17. Michael R. Collings
  18. S. R. Compton
  19. Adam Cornford
  20. Keith Allen Daniels
  21. Andrew Darlington
  22. Harry Davidov
  23. Thomas G. Digby
  24. Peter Dillingham
  25. Sonya Dorman
  26. James S. Dorr
  27. Roger Dutcher
  28. Marianne Dyson
  29. Helen Ehrlich
  30. Joey Froehlich
  31. Terry Garey
  32. Albert Goldbarth
  33. Scott E. Green
  34. John Grey
  35. Marilyn Hacker
  36. Michael Hamburger
  37. Elissa Malcohn (Hamilton)
  38. Rochelle Holt
  39. Andrew Joron
  40. the late Millea Kenin
  41. David Kopaska-Merkel
  42. Lisa Lepovetsky
  43. David Lunde
  44. George MacBeth
  45. F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre
  46. Stephen Edward McDonald
  47. Adrianne Marcus
  48. Robert Randolph Medcalf, Jr.
  49. Susan Palwick
  50. Peter Payack
  51. Kathryn Rantala
  52. Wendy Rathbone
  53. Peter Redgrove
  54. Thomas A. Rentz, Jr.
  55. John Calvin Razmerski
  56. Mark Rich
  57. Chuck & Sue Rothman
  58. Wayne Allen Sallee
  59. Lorraine Schein
  60. John Oliver Simon
  61. Marge Simon
  62. Steve Sneyd
  63. W. Gregory Stewart
  64. William John Watkins
  65. Leilah Wendell
  66. t. (sic) Winter-Damon
SFWA Member and award-winning author Michael Swanwick deserves mention in any definitive study of 20th-century doggerel for his "Economics", The New York Review of Science Fiction, No.63, Nov 1993, p.20. Mr. Swanwick is "the man who found at last a rhyme, however tortured, for the word 'Orange.'" George Alec Effinger parodied the relationship between the scientific method and the psychopathology of the creative writer in his story "f(x)=(11/15/67), x=her, f(x)=/=0" , Mixed Feelings, New York: Harper & Row, 1974, p.79: "Imagination is the lifeblood of science, as research and experimentation are its nerves and sinews. The scientist as artist: no mere contradiction in terms, but a true picture of the necessary role of the creative spark in the pageant of technological development. At Science Seminary in Iowa, we were trained in the many techniques used by the other schools, particularly the liberal arts branches. We read by candlelight. We were made to stare blankly from attic windows, our instructors walking among us to position our fingers in thoughful attitudes on our chins and cheeks. We learned to use hunger and frustration effectively. Perhaps this is the reason that today those of us who made it through the Seminary are apt to be more dependably erratic, or spontaneous, or whatever constitutes true orginality. Though (no doubt, no doubt!) we are harder to work with. Within prose Science Fiction, the appearence of a poem from a computer is almost invariably held to be a sign of severe dysfunction. Examples include HAL 9000 singing "Daisy" in 2001, Asimov's positronic robot reciting Gilbert & Sullivan when incapacitated on Mercury, Alfred Bester's murderous android in "Fondly Farenheit", H. Nearing Jr.'s "The Poetry Machine" (Fantasy & Science Fiction, Fall 1950), J. G. Ballard's "Studio 5, the Stars", and numerous examples from Stanislas Lem (especially "The First Sally (A) or Trurl's Electronic Bard" in The Cyberiad, New York: Avon, 1976). "'We are using poetry to try to tell you what happens scientifically,' Shiyai said.' 'Poetry and science. Never the twain shall meet,' Wopolsa said. 'Not in the Pluriverse we know,' Grrindah said. 'But there is a realm where they do.'" [Philip Josˇ Farmer, The Unreasoning Mask, Berkeley, 1983, p.153; also has "the alaraf drive" obliquely citing Poe]. Ben Bova, in The High Road, New York: Pocket, 1983, p.23 says: "It may seem self-serving to describe science fiction writers as poets, but in the largest sense of the word, the romantic traditions of poetry have been carried forward in our times by the writers who have pictured a brighter, saner, grander world than we live in--and these are the writers of modern science fiction." William Burroughs famously stated that "Language is a virus from outer space."

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