Carol Emshwiller
Carol Emshwiller, 1998
Carol Emshwiller, 1998
BornCarol Fries
(1921-04-12)April 12, 1921
Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.
DiedFebruary 2, 2019(2019-02-02) (aged 97)
Durham, North Carolina, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of Michigan
Genrescience fiction, magical realism
Teaching at Clarion West, 1998.

Carol Emshwiller (April 12, 1921 – February 2, 2019) was an American writer of avant garde short stories and science fiction who has won prizes ranging from the Nebula Award to the Philip K. Dick Award. Ursula K. Le Guin has called her "a major fabulist, a marvelous magical realist, one of the strongest, most complex, most consistently feminist voices in fiction". Among her novels are Carmen Dog and The Mount. She has also written two cowboy novels called Ledoyt and Leaping Man Hill. Her last novel, The Secret City, was published in April 2007.

She was the widow of artist and experimental filmmaker Ed Emshwiller and "regularly served as his model for paintings of beautiful women."[1] The couple had three children. Susan Jenny Coulson co-wrote the movie Pollock; Peter is an actor, artist, screenwriter, and novelist; and Eve is a botanist and ethnobotanist at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.


Emshwiller was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She lived in New York City most of the year and spent her summers in Owens Valley, California, and has used this setting in her stories.[citation needed]

In 2005, she was awarded the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement.[2] Her short story "Creature", won the 2002 Nebula Award for Best Short Story, and "I Live With You" won the 2005 Nebula Award in the same category.

In 2009, she donated her archive to the department of Rare Books and Special Collections at Northern Illinois University.[3]

She died on February 2, 2019, in Durham, North Carolina, where she was living with her daughter, Susan Jenny Coulson.[4]


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Short fiction

Title Year First published Reprinted/collected Notes
Sex and/or Mr. Morrison 1967 Dangerous Visions
  • Joy In Our Cause (1974)
  • Women of Wonder (1975)
  • The Start of the End of It All (1990)
  • Crossing the Border (1998)
  • Passing for Human (2009)
  • Collected Stories of Carol Emshwiller, Vol. 1 (2011)
Foster mother 2001 "Foster mother". F&SF. 100 (2): 130–137. Feb 2001.
Grandma 2002 The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction (Mar 2002)
  • Report to the Men's Club and Other Stories (Small Beer Press, 2002)
  • Year's Best SF 8 (2003)
  • Jack Dann, ed. Nebula Awards Showcase 2005 (Roc, 2005)
Whoever 2008 "Whoever". F&SF. 115 (4&5). October–November 2008.


  1. ^ "Emshwiller, Ed". Updated January 9, 2023. The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. 4th ed. Entry by co-editor John Clute. Retrieved January 12, 2023.
  2. ^ World Fantasy Convention (2010). "Award Winners and Nominees". Archived from the original on 2010-12-01. Retrieved 4 Feb 2011.
  3. ^ Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) Collection Archived 2012-06-03 at the Wayback Machine, Northern Illinois University
  4. ^ "Carol Emshwiller (1921-2019)". Locusmag. February 5, 2019. Retrieved February 5, 2019.
  5. ^ Report to the Men's Club and Other Stories / The Mount / Carol Emshwiller - Featured Review at the SF Site, by Rich Horton; published 2003; retrieved May 23, 2016