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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.
This page has not been updated in a long while; consequently, external links (if any) may lead to dead or moribund pages. I am now cleaning up these pages as fast as I can, but I am one man and it may take me a while to get to every page needing link checking (or even the “Other Resources” section added). Sorry. Please be patient.
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 regrettably scant resources on the web. Of material not specific to particular books,there is Rick DeMarinis, just a short biographical page, and Paul Ingram's very brief but utile appreciation. Speaking of which,
another extraordinarily brief but utile testimony comes from Steve
Almond at Field-Tested Books; perhaps DeMarinis inspires succinctness.
Decidedly not brief is the review essay "Divine Light" by Tom Grimes,
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" (The Year of the Zinc Penny), and "On a Scale From the
Fantastical to the Mundane" (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; of Apocalypse Then at Ready Steady Book; and The Mortician's Apprentice at Entertainment Weekly. From those, one must extract more general ideas of DeMarinis and his work.
(Incidentally, there is an annual Rick DeMarinis Short Story
Award--of $1,250--given out by Cutthroat magazine.)
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.
Notable Science-Fiction and Fantasy Books by Rick DeMarinis **
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