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Phyllis Eisenstein

USA flag (1946 - 2020)

Phyllis Eisenstein was born in Chicago in 1946 and, except for two years in Germany and one winter in Upper Michigan as an Air Force wife, spent her life there. In her early student days, she worked as a butcher, grocery clerk, bowling alley pin-setter, and tutor. She dropped out of college to join her new husband Alex overseas, eventually selling two stories in 1969, the first being a collaboration with Alex that appeared in Robert Silverberg's New Dimensions 1. Ten years later, after her third novel was published, she went back to school to acquire a degree in Anthropology from the University of Illinois.

Phyllis got her first taste of teaching while assisting Roger Zelazny at the Indiana University Writers Conference in 1977 and went on to teach SF and fantasy writing at the Clarion Science Fiction Writers Workshop, Oakton Community College, and the Writers Digest School. For more than a dozen years she has been a member of the faculty of Columbia College Chicago, where she also edited two volumes of Spec-Lit, a soft cover anthology showcasing SF by her students and others, which sold through bookstores nationally. In 1999, the school honored her with its "Excellence in Teaching" Award.

Both alone and with Alex, she. published six novels and about three-dozen shorter works in the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres, as well as a popular nonfiction book on treating arthritis. Her stories have been nominated twice for the Hugo Award, three times for the Nebula.


Genres: Fantasy
   Night Lives (2003) (with Alex Eisenstein)
Anthologies edited
   Spec-Lit (1985)
Anthologies containing stories by Phyllis Eisenstein
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Short stories
Attachment (1975)Nebula Awards (nominee)
The Land of Sorrow (1977)
Lost and Found (1978)
In the Western Tradition (1981)Hugo (nominee)
Nebula Awards (nominee)
Dark Wings (1982)
Nightlife (1982)Hugo (nominee)
Sense of Duty (1985)
The Island in the Lake (1999)Nebula Awards (nominee)

Nebula Awards Best Short Story nominee (1976) : Attachment
Hugo Best Novella nominee (1982) : In the Western Tradition
Nebula Awards Best Novella nominee (1982) : In the Western Tradition
Hugo Best Novellette nominee (1983) : Nightlife
Nebula Awards Best Novellette nominee (2000) : The Island in the Lake