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Polyphony
Carol Emshwiller
From her website, Carol in her own words,

I was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan. My dad was a professor, at first in the English Department, and then he founded the linguistic department. My mother was a housewife. She was the life of the family with a terrific sense of humor. Where she was, there was the action and the fun. I have three brothers. We adore each other. People keep calling me a feminist. Well sort of, I suppose, but Iím nuts about men!

Through my husband, Ed, I got to know (and love) the SF world and wanted to join it. I began to sell stories almost right away. Later on I took classes with Anatole Broyard and Kay Boyle, but I learned the most from the class with the poet Kenneth Koch. No wait, I learned the most from the Milford science fiction workshops. I attended the very first one and most of them from then on.

I didnít begin writing until I was over thirty and had had my first child. (I had three, so I had to struggle to get any writing time at all.)

Ed started out as an science fiction illustrator, but then went into abstract expressionist painting and experimental film making. We influenced each other. I went into more experimental writing and became part of what others called the new wave in science fiction.

About my writing, a lot of people donít seem to understand how planned and plotted even the most experimental of my stories are. Iím not interested in stories where anything can happen at any time. I set up clues to foreshadow what will happen and what is foreshadowed does happen. I try to have all, or most of the elements in the stories, linked to each other. Ed, used to call it, referring to his experimental films, structuring strategies. He taught a film course he named that.

How I write is by linking and by structures, and by, I hope, not ever losing sight of the meaning of the story. My favorite writer is Kafka. He kept everything linked and together and full of meaning!  


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