Canadian SF writer and poet Phyllis Gotlieb passed away on July 14 at the age of 83. The top honour for Canadian science fiction is called The Sunburst Award and is patterned after her novel of the same name. Many tributes to Phyllis have been posted and you can visit a sampling from from the CBC, Sci Fi Wire, Cory Doctorow and Locus here, here, here and here.
I had the pleasure of meeting Phyllis numerous times at area science fiction conventions over the years and always appreciated her approachability and openness in sharing her passion for science fiction with the fans. One particular serendipitous encounter with Phyllis always raises a fond memory. My personal Phyllis Gotlieb anecdote occurred when I was shopping in The Worlds Biggest Bookstore in Toronto many years ago. Picking up some items in the science fiction and fantasy section (of course) I came across a first edition of her wonderful O Master Caliban. I was especially pleased because the hardcover had been out of print for several years and yet there it was. Even more surprising, when I looked in the next aisle over, there was Phyllis herself browsing the SF shelves. Needless to say I approached her, pointed out my find and she graciously inscribed the copy for me right there in the aisle.
Over the years I read and collected her books, many of which I also have signed. Here are some of the titles from my collection all with wonderfully distinctive designs.
Phyllis Gotlieb you will be missed but what a wonderful legacy you leave behind.