Locus Online is reporting that Neal Barrett, Jr. has passed away. He was 84 years old.
Neal Barrett, Jr. was an acclaimed short story writer and novelist.
His short fiction included “To Tell the Truth” (1960), “Perpetuity Blues” (1987), “Ginny Sweethips’ Flying Circus” (1989, Hugo and Nebula Award finalist), and many more works, many of which were collected in books like Slightly Off Center (1992), The Day the Decorators Came (2000), Perpetuity Blues and Other Stories (2000) and Other Seasons: The Best of Neal Barrett, Jr. (2012). His novels included The Gates of Time (1970), The Hereafter Gang (1991) and Prince of Christler-Coke (2004) and more.
He was toastmaster at the 1997 Worldcon in San Antonio, and was named Author Emeritus by SFWA in 2010.
See also: Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and ISFDB.
Subterranean has posted the table of contents for their upcoming collection Other Seasons by Neal Barrett, Jr.
Here’s the book description:
Neal Barrett, Jr. answers (sometimes) to a number of names: Odd, Weird, Gonzo, and, as a former collection points out: Slightly Off Center. Barrett is all of the above, and more. From readers who have followed his career come accolades such as brilliant, unique, sheer genius. Other writers respect his status as a master of words, his ability to weave rhythm and poetry into his tales.
Barrett jumps in and out of genres at will, or simply invents one of his own. He likes to bring his favorite characters together, and see what they’ll do. In “Sallie C.” he puts The Wright Brothers, young Erwin Rommel and Sheriff Pat Garrett in a shabby hotel out west.“Highbrow” finds generations of devoted workers building a half-mile high statue of Richard Nixon.“Tony Red Dog” describes the trials and tribulations of the only Apache in the New York mob.
Neal Barrett, Jr. has made a special effort to give us a number of dark, funny, and hopefully impossible views of the future. Present in this collection are “Under Old New York,” “Radio Station St. Jack,” and the much heralded “Ginny Sweethips’ Flying Circus.”
Clearly, Nostrodamus missed the boat. Read and enjoy…
Here’s the table of contents…