Ducornet, Rikki

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Working name of US illustrator and author Erica Ducornet (1943-    ), resident in various countries, including for a considerable time Canada, now in US; she began to publish work of genre interest with "Aunt Rose & Uncle Freidle" in Other Times for November 1975-January 1976. As a writer whose work seems to drop in on various genres (without, as it were, knocking), she has composed some of her surrealist Fabulations (see also Postmodernism and SF) in a fashion which allows some sf readings to be extracted from the mix, especially in the Alchemy Quartet – comprising The Stain (1984), emblematizing the alchemical element of Earth, Entering Fire (1986), emblematizing Fire, The Fountains of Neptune (1989), emblematizing Water, and The Jade Cabinet (1993), emblematizing Air – which engages in Alternate History and Dystopia tropes to explore four exorbitant family romances, in which Clones and other devices appear and disappear. Phosphor in Dreamland (1995) fabulates in Magic Realist fashion a parable of Evolution set on a Caribbean Island, where at least one otherwise unknown species has survived the depredations of colonialism. Her stories – most interestingly assembled as The Butcher's Tales (coll 1980; exp 1991; exp vt The Complete Butcher's Tales 1994) – are notable for translating the influence of, among others, Jorge Luis Borges, some of whose work in English translation she has illustrated; she has also illustrated work of Robert Coover. [JC]

Erica DeGre Ducornet

born Canton, New York: 19 April 1943


works (selected)


Alchemy Quartet

  • The Stain (London: Chatto and Windus/The Hogarth Press, 1984) [Alchemy Quartet: hb/Guy Ducornet]
  • Entering Fire (London: Chatto and Windus, 1986) [Alchemy Quartet: hb/Guy Ducornet]
  • The Fountains of Neptune (Toronto, Ontario: McClelland and Stewart, 1989) [Alchemy Quartet: hb/T M Craan]
  • The Jade Cabinet (Normal, Illinois: Dalkey Archive Press, 1993) [Alchemy Quartet: hb/Rosamond Wolff Purcell]

individual titles

  • Phosphor in Dreamland (Normal, Illinois: Dalkey Archive Press, 1995) [pb/Rosamond Wolff Purcell]
  • Gazelle (New York: Alfred A Knopf, 2003) [hb/from Gerald Leslie Brockhurst]

collections and stories


about the author


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