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Paul Di Filippo

Paul Di Filippo
File:Paul Di Filippo 2009.jpg
Born October 29, 1954
Woonsocket, Rhode Island[1]
Occupation Writer
Nationality American
Genre Science fiction
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]



  • Ciphers: A Post-Shannon Rock 'N' Roll Mystery (1997)
  • Would It Kill You to Smile? (as Philip Lawson, with Michael Bishop) (1998)
  • Joe's Liver (2000)
  • Muskrat Courage (as Philip Lawson, with Michael Bishop) (2000)
  • A Mouthful of Tongues: Her Totipotent Tropicanalia (2002) (erotica)
  • A Year in the Linear City (2002) (novella)
  • Fuzzy Dice (2003)
  • Spondulix (2004)
  • Harp, Pipe, And Symphony (2004)
  • Creature from the Black Lagoon: Time's Black Lagoon (2006)
  • Cosmocopia (2008)
  • Roadside Bodhisattva (2010)
  • A Princess of the Linear Jungle (2011)


  • The Steampunk Trilogy (1995)
  • Destroy All Brains! (1996)
  • Ribofunk (1996)
  • Fractal Paisleys (1997)
  • Lost Pages (1998)
  • Strange Trades (2001)
  • Little Doors (2002)
  • Babylon Sisters (2002)
  • Neutrino Drag (2004)
  • The Emperor of Gondwanaland (2005)
  • Shuteye for the Timebroker (2006)
  • Plumage From Pegasus (2006)
  • Harsh Oases (2009)
  • After the Collapse (2011)
  • WikiWorld (2013)[4]

Comic book series


  • "Guest Editorial" in Postscripts 1. (2007)[5]
  • How to Write Science Fiction, 40k, ebook edition (2011)
  • Science Fiction: The 101 Best Novels 1985-2010, co-authored with Damien Broderick (2012)

Review columns

Date Review article Work(s) reviewed
2013 "On Books". Asimov's Science Fiction 37 (7): 107–111. July 2013. Retrieved 2015-01-21. 
  • Hatke, Ben (2012). Legends of Zita the Spacegirl. First Second. ISBN 9781596434479. 
  • Dickinson, Peter (2012). Earth and air : tales of elemental creatures. Big Mouth House. ISBN 9781618730589. 
  • Bradbury, Ray (2013). Nemo!. Subterranean Press. ISBN 9781596063976. 
  • Rambo, Cat (2012). Near & far. Hydra House. ISBN 9780984830145. 
  • Duncan, Andy (2012). The Pottawatomie Giant and other stories. PS Publishing. ISBN 9781848633094. 

Short fiction

Title Year First published in Reprinted/collected in
"Cockroach Love"
(with Damien Broderick)
2009 Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine 41: 33–45. October 2009.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
"Yubba Vines"
(with Rudy Rucker)
2013 Asimov's Science Fiction 37 (7): 43–57. July 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
"Mama Told Me Not To Come" 1993 Amazing Stories. January 1993.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  • "Ailoura" [reprinted in Year's Best SF 8 (2003)]
  • "Wikiworld", part of the anthology Fast Forward 1: Future Fiction from the Cutting Edge (February 2007)
  • "Wikiworld", 40k, ebook edition (English | Italian | Portuguese) (2010)
  • "Return to the Twentieth Century", 40k, ebook edition (English | Italian) (2011)
  • "Waves and Smart Magma", 40k, ebook edition (English | Italian) (2011)

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. 
  4. ^ "Paul Di Filippo - WikiWorld cover art and synopsis reveal". Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  5. ^ Von Ruff, Al. "Bibliography: Guest Editorial (Postscripts 11)". Internet Speculative Fiction Database. Retrieved January 31, 2015. 

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