RIP: Steven Utley (1948 – 2013)

Sad news, folks…

Via Jessica Reisman, Lawrence Person is reporting that Steve Utley has passed away.

Utley announced to his friends that he had been diagnosed with Type 4 cancer in his intestines, liver, and lungs, and a lesion on his brain on December 27, 2012. On January 7, he sent out an email saying that he was losing his motor skills and designated Jessica as his literary executor (and hopefully she’ll be able to get some of his swell stories back in print). On the morning of January 12 he slipped into a coma and died that night.

Steven Utley was one of the original Turkey City writers, along with Chad Oliver, Tom Reamy, Howard Waldrop, etc. Utley’s work included “Custer’s Last Jump” (with Howard Waldrop), the collections The Beasts of Love and Where or When, as well as the forthcoming collections The 400-Million-Year Itch and Invisible Kingdoms.

TOC: ‘The 400-Million-Year Itch’ by Steven Utley

Indie Books Online has posted the table of contents for Steven Utley’s collection The 400-Million-Year Itch: Silurian Tales Volume 1:

Here’s the book description:

For the first time, 18 of Utley’s intriguing Silurian Tales (and an additional original offering) have been collected and placed into chronological order, starting with the introductory “All of Creation,” in which a link to the mid-Paleozoic Siluro-Devonian era grants present-day people a unique opportunity to study the Earth of 400 million years ago. These stories range in tone and style as they explore a wide variety of topics. Utley eschews action in favor of character-driven tales and weighty discussions, tackling the many-worlds hypothesis in “The Gift Horse,” time travel in “The Age of Mud and Slime,” and theology in “Half a Loaf.” The real focus is on Utley’s thought-provoking exploration of the concept from every angle, since the sprawling cast and lack of obvious connecting narrative leave each story standing alone. The result is subtle but powerful, and will leave readers wanting to do their own research into prehistoric eras.

Here’s the table of contents…
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