Paul Di Filippo

Paul Di Filippo (born October 29, 1954 in Woonsocket, Rhode Island) is an American science fiction writer.[2] He is a regular reviewer for print magazines Asimov's Science Fiction, The Magazine of Fantasy and 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, Di Filippo has published a series of novels under the pseudonym Philip Lawson.

Antonio Urias writes that Di Filippo's writing has a "tradition of the bizarre and the weird."[3]

Paul Di Filippo
Paul Di Filippo 2009
BornOctober 29, 1954
Woonsocket, Rhode Island[1]
GenreScience fiction

Critical reception

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."

The first novella, simply entitled "Victoria" follows Cosmo Cowperhwait the inventor of a human-amphibian hybrid that bares an uncanny resemblance to Her Majesty, Queen Victoria, as well as an insatiable sexual appetite. This is a satire of Victorian mores, politics, and, of course, of the stereotypical mad scientist. ...
The second novella is "Hottentots" is (sic) less outrageously funny, at least on the surface. This is in part due to the fact that the story is told, for the most part through the eyes of Swiss-born naturalist Louis Agassiz, who is apart from pompous and self-aggrandizing, also a proud unrepentant racist. As a result, Di Filippo adopts a more satirical tone as Agassiz confronts anarchists, voodoo, academic maneuverings, swordfights, and a Lovecraftian horror all without losing a hint of his arrogance or smug assurances.
The final novella, "Walt and Emily," follows Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman's blossoming love as they join a spiritualist and scientific expedition into the afterlife. More than either of the previous stories, "Walt and Emily" delights in literary references and games. The story is saturated with poetic quotations and the unrepentant silly fun not only of a love story between Dickenson and Whitman but the idea of them visiting the afterlife.[3]


  1. ^ Silver, Steven (2014-09-10). "An Interview with Paul di Filippo, Early Steampunk Adopter". Amazing Stories. Retrieved 2014-09-10.
  2. ^ "Paul Di Filippo, 1954-". Contemporary Authors. Autobiography Series. V. 29. 1998. pp. 79–99.
  3. ^ a b Urias, Antonio (July 11, 2014). "Book Review: The Steampunk Trilogy by Paul Di Filippo". Antonio Urias. Retrieved January 31, 2015.

External links

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Flurb releases tended to garner significant online attention, with issues having been mentioned in several blogs including Boing Boing and io9.Contributors to Flurb included Terry Bisson, John Kessel, Kim Stanley Robinson, Paul Di Filippo, John Shirley, Charles Stross and Cory Doctorow, as well as Rucker himself.

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Paul Di Filippo bibliography

A list of the published work of Paul Di Filippo, American author.

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Tachyon Publications

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Vericon is an annual science fiction convention at Harvard University, organized by the Harvard-Radcliffe Science Fiction Association. Lasting over a three-day weekend, for the first nine years of its existence it took place on the last weekend of January; for 2010, however, it was moved to mid-March to accommodate changes in Harvard College's academic calendar. It has been described as the largest college-based science fiction convention in the United States.Vericon was held most recently in 2016, and is currently on hiatus.

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2016 (March 18–20): Ann Leckie, John Chu, Wesley Chu, Pamela Dean, Seth Dickinson, Greer Gilman, Malka Older, Ada Palmer, Jo Walton, Fran Wilde

2015 (March 20–22): Ken Liu, M. L. Brennan, Carl Engle-Laird, Greer Gilman, Mary Robinette Kowal, Andrew Liptak, B. L. Marsh, Will McIntosh, Daniel José Older, Ada Palmer, Luke Scull, Alex Shvartsman, Jo Walton

2014 (March 21–23): Patrick Rothfuss, Max Gladstone, Jo Walton, Scott Lynch, M. L. Brennan, Shira Lipkin, Saladin Ahmed, Luke Scull, Greer Gilman

2013 (March 22–24): Tamora Pierce, Jeffrey Carver, Greer Gilman, N. K. Jemisin, Shira Lipkin, Seanan McGuire, Jennifer Pelland, Jo Walton

2012 (March 16–18): Vernor Vinge, Greer Gilman, Lev Grossman, Jennifer Pelland, Thomas Sniegoski, R.L. Stine, Aaron Diaz, Christopher Hastings, Michael Terracciano

2011 (March 18–20): Brandon Sanderson, Austin Grossman, Holly Black, Catherine Asaro, Sarah Smith, Ellen Kushner, Delia Sherman

2010 (March 19–21): Timothy Zahn, Katherine Howe, Resa Nelson, Paul Tremblay, Greer Gilman, John Crowley, Randall Munroe, Dorothy Gambrell, Michael Terracciano.

2009 (January 23–25): Kim Stanley Robinson, Elizabeth Bear, Paul Di Filippo, Allen Steele, Robert V.S. Redick, Catherynne Valente, Don D'Ammassa, Marie Brennan, Brad Guigar, Kristofer Straub

2008 (January 25–27): Orson Scott Card, Lois Lowry, M.T. Anderson, Elizabeth Haydon, James Patrick Kelly, Kelly Link, Donna Jo Napoli, Sharyn November, Cassandra Clare, William Sleator, Pete Abrams, Jeph Jacques, Randall Munroe

2007 (January 26–28): Guy Gavriel Kay, R. A. Salvatore, Jeffrey Carver, Sharyn November, Shaenon Garrity, Jeffrey Rowland

2006 (January 27–29): George R. R. Martin, Greer Gilman, Elaine Isaak, Marie Brennan, Sarah Smith, Tim Buckley, Randy Milholland, Jeph Jacques, Michael Terracciano

2005 (January 28–30): Jacqueline Carey, Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Teresa Nielsen Hayden, James Morrow, James Alan Gardner, Debra Doyle, James D. Macdonald

2004 (January 30 – February 1): Mike Carey, Brian Clevinger, Peter David

2003 (January 24–26): Catherine Asaro, Julie Czerneda, Ellen Kushner, Charles Vess

2002 (January 25–27): Henry Jenkins, Scott McCloud, Terry Moore, Susan Shwartz

2001 (January 26–28): Pete Abrams, James Ernest, Paul Levinson, Margaret Weis, Don Perrin, Michael A. Burstein, Jeffrey Carver, Esther Friesner, Peter Heck, James Morrow, Donna Jo Napoli

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