Steven Utley Collection

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TxAM-CRS C000232

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Steven Utley Collection


  • 1972-1995 (Creation)


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Steven Utley was born in 1948. He lived in Austin during the 1970s, associating with Chad Oliver, Howard Waldrop, Lisa Tuttle and Bruce Sterling. This group, with some other writers, formed the Turkey City Writer’s Workshop. Utley's first professionally published story, "The Unkindest Cut of All” appeared in 1972. Since then he has published sporatically in a variety of genres. He is best known for his “Silurian Tales” set in paleozoic times.

Steven Utley (1948-2013) was born in Fort Knox, Kentucky. As a young man he moved to Texas, where he was a co-founder of the Turkey City Writer's Workshop in Austin, a writers collective that included such local and regional authors as Lisa Tuttle, Howard Waldrop, and Bruce Sterling. Utley wrote a large number of short stories, poems, essays, and story collections, beginning with his first published story "The Unkindest Cut of All', which was published in the 1972 anthology Perry Rhodan #20: The Thrall of Hypn o(edited by Forrest J. Ackerman).

Utley collaborated with his fellow Turkey City writer Howard Waldrop on several stories, including the novella "Custer's Last Jump" (1976, nominated for a 1977 Nebula Award for Best Novelette) and "Black as the Pit, From Pole to Pole" (1977), both of which are considered forerunners of the steampunk subgenre of science fiction. Perhaps his most famous works are the stories collected in the "Silurian Tales"; starting with "There and Then" in 1993, this series chronicles a time-travelling scientific expedition to the Paleozoic Age.

Utley was also an editor of several works, including the 1976 Lone Star Universe: Speculative Fiction From Texas(with George W. Proctor).

Lone Star Universe: Speculative Fiction from Texas (1976, with George W. Proctor) - See more at:

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This collection consists of manuscripts for several works of fiction by Utley, including the novella Custer's Last Jump (1976, with Howard Waldrop) and the short-story anthology Ghost Seas and Other Vistas (1997).

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Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

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  • English

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