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Paul Di Filippo

Paul Di Filippo is an American science fiction, fantasy, and horror short story writer with multiple collections and hundreds of short stories, some of which have been collected in widely-praised collections, among them are The Emperor of Gondwanaland and Other Stories, The Steampunk Trilogy, Ribofunk, Fractal Paisleys, Lost Pages, Little Doors, Strange Trades, Babylon Sisters, and his multiple-award-nominated novella, A Year in the Linear City. Another earlier collection, Destroy All Brains, was published by Pirate Writings, but is quite rare because of the extremely short print run.

He has written a number of novels, including Joe’s Liver and Spondulix: A Romance of Hoboken. Paul is also a highly regarded critic and reviewer, appearing regularly in Asimov’s Science Fiction and the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Science Fiction Eye, The New York Review of Science Fiction, Interzone, and Nova Express, as well as online at Science Fiction Weekly. He is a member of the Turkey City Writer’s Workshop. Along with Michael Bishop, Paul has published a series of novels under the pseudonym Philip Lawson. A recent publication, coedited with Damien Broderick, is Science Fiction: The 101 Best Novels 1985–2010.

The popularity of Paul’s short stories sometimes distracts from the impact of his mindbending, utterly unclassifiable novels: Ciphers, Joe’s Liver, Fuzzy Dice, A Mouthful of Tongues, and Spondulix. Paul’s offbeat sensibility, soulful characterizations, exquisite-yet-compact prose, and laugh-out-loud dialogue give his work a charmingly unique voice that is both compelling and addictive.

He has been a finalist for the Hugo Awards, Nebula Awards, BSFA (British Science Fiction Association Award), Philip K. Dick, Wired Magazine, and World Fantasy awards.

The sequel to A Year in the Linear City, A Princess of the Linear Jungle was released in 2011. The latest collection are A Palazzo in the Stars (2015), Lost Among The Stars (2017), and Infinite Fantastika (2018). His latest novel is titled The Big Get-Even (2018). His 2008 novel Cosmocopia is graced by Jim Woodring illustrations.

Antonio Urias writes that Paul’s writing has a “tradition of the bizarre and the weird.

Antonio Urias praised the collection The Steampunk Trilogy (1995) in a brisk review, writing in summary that the tripartite book

contains three bizarre and occasionally humorous novels taking the reader from Queen Victoria’s amphibian doppelganger to racist naturalists and black magic, and finally the interdimensional love story of Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman.”

Paul was born in October 29, 1954 in Woonsocket, Rhode Island and now lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

Read his reviews at Locus Magazine and Barnes & Noble.

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