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Rick DeMarinis

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This is a brief discussion of Rick DeMarinis and, of course, of some speculative-fiction books by DeMarinis.

This discussion and list does not necessarily include every book by DeMarinis: it includes only those books that I both know and like. Just as with the author list itself, omission of a particular item may mean I didn’t think highly enough of the omitted item, or it may simply mean that I have not yet sufficient familiarity with it. (In a very few cases, I have listed some books merely on the strength of my opinion of the author: all such books are clearly marked below, as throughout these lists, with a hash mark (#) before the title so you know what’s what.)

I don’t pretend that this discussion is a deep analysis. My intent is no more than to give you a rough idea of what kinds of tales DeMarinis tells, how those tales are usually told, and what makes them and DeMarinis worthy; in sum, to help you rank Rick DeMarinis (and the works by DeMarinis listed here) on your personal literary “to do” list.

A Few Words About Rick DeMarinis

Regrettably, I have not yet had an opportunity to write an essay on this author, but the “Other Resources” section below will lead you to some information about the “Notable Books” listed farther down this page.

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Other Rick DeMarinis Resources

Rick DeMarinis Resources on the Web

For an establishment-respected author, DeMarinis has relatively scant general (not book-specific) resources on the web. Of material not specific to particular books, first and foremost is the DeMarinis, Rick entry at The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. Also interesting is the Rick DeMarinis obituary in the Missoulian, a good short biography.

Beyond those are Rick DeMarinis, a short biographical page [archived copy], and Paul Ingram’s very brief but utile appreciation. Speaking of which, another brief but utile testimonial comes from Steve Almond at Field-Tested Books; perhaps DeMarinis inspires succinctness.

Decidedly not brief is the review essay “Divine Light” by Tom Grimes [archived copy], reviewing Borrowed Hearts; it gives some extended critical analysis. So does “We’re All Shockproof These Days”, Russell Banks’ review of The Coming Triumph of the Free World in The New York Times. The Times likes DeMarinis: other reviews from them include “Bottomless Pits” (of Borrowed Hearts), “I Can’t Tell You How Sad Life Is” (of The Year of the Zinc Penny), and “On a Scale From the Fantastical to the Mundane” (of The Voice of America).

Other one-book reviews available include: Sky Full of Sand from Rick Kleffel at The Agony Column, and another from the same hand of A Clod of Wayward Marl; and The Mortician’s Apprentice at Entertainment Weekly [archived copy]. From those, one must extract more general ideas of DeMarinis and his work.

(Incidentally, there is an annual Rick DeMarinis Short Story Award—of $1,200—given out by Cutthroat magazine.)

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Rick DeMarinis Resources in Print

A non-fiction book by, not about, DeMarinis is The Art & Craft of the Short Story. Its existence is in itself a sort of testimonial to the man’s, well, art and craft.

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Notable Science-Fiction and Fantasy Books by Rick DeMarinis **

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