Wednesday 21 June 2000
David R. Bunch, 1925 - 2000
David R. Bunch, idiosyncratic writer of short SF/Surrealist short fiction, died May 29, 2000 at a nursing home/convalescent facility in North St. Louis County after suffering a series of strokes.
Bunch published over 200 non-SF works of fiction and poetry before his first SF story ''Routine Emergency'' (If 1957). He published numerous stories in SF magazines, especially in Amazing and Fantastic, from the late '50s to the late '60s, and had two stories in Harlan Ellison's Dangerous Visions (1967). Much of his early work is collected in Moderan (1971), nearly 50 connected very short stories set in a nightmarish future where human beings have become cyborgs. He continued to publish occasional SF stories, in Asimov's, Crank!, Pulphouse, F&SF and others, as late as 1997.
His poetry writing won him $11,000 for a fourth-place finish in the 1966 Promethean Lamp poetry contest. He has won other poetry awards. His early poetry is collected in We Have a Nervous Job (chapbook 1983).
Bunch! (1993) collects over 30 of his best general stories. It was a nominee for the Philip K. Dick Award.
from the July 2000 Locus
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