Zoran Živković (writer)

Zoran Živković (writer)

Zoran Živković (Serbian Cyrillic: Зоран Живковић) (born October 5, 1948) is a writer, essayist, researcher, publisher and translator from Belgrade, Serbia (former Yugoslavia), where he still resides.


In 1973, Zoran Živković graduated in literary theory from the Department of General Literature, Faculty of Philology of the University of Belgrade; he received his master's degree in 1979 with the work “Antropomorphism and the motif of the first contact in the works of Arthur C. Clarke” ("Antropomorfizam i motiv prvog kontakta u delima Artura Klarka") and his doctorate in 1982 from the same university. His dissertation, "The Appearance of Science Fiction as a Genre of Artistic Prose" ("Nastanak naučne fantastike kao žanra umetničke proze"), appeared in his "Contemporaries of the Future" anthology, along with several of the stories discussed.

Also in 1982, Živković founded the Polaris imprint, Yugoslavia's first privately owned publishing house, through which he released over a hundred books.

Zoran Živković also wrote and hosted a television series about science fiction cinema, titled "The Starry Screen" ("Zvezdani ekran," 1984). The show later inspired a book of critical essays under the same title.

He wrote himself the entire text of his large, richly illustrated, two-tome "Encyclopedia of Science Fiction" ("Enciklopedija naučne fantastike") but since the year 2000 discontinued his engagement in SF and in literary studies as such, and turned entirely to writing prose. He is currently a professor of creative writing at the Faculty of Philology of the University of Belgrade.

In 2003, Živković's mosaic novel "The Library" won a World Fantasy Award for Best Novella.

In 1994 Živković's novel "The Fourth Circle" won the "Miloš Crnjanski" Award. In 2007 Živković's novel "The Bridge " won the "Isidora Sekulić" Award. In 2007 Živković won the "Stefan Mitrov Ljubiša" Award for his life achievement in literature.

In 2005, Belgrade TV station "Studio B" produced The Collector ("Sakupljač") TV series, based upon Živković's story suit "Twelve Collections".



* "The Fourth Circle" ("Četvrti krug", 1993)
* "Time-gifts" ("Vremenski darovi", 1997)
* "The Writer" ("Pisac", 1998)
* "The Book" ("Knjiga", 1999)
* "Impossible Encounters" ("Nemogući susreti", 2000)
* "Seven Touches of Music" ("Sedam dodira muzike", 2001)
* "The Library" ("Biblioteka", 2002)
* "Steps Through the Mist" ("Koraci kroz maglu", 2003)
* "Hidden Camera" ("Skrivena kamera", 2003)
* "Compartments" ("Vagon", 2004)
* "Four Stories Till the End" ("Četiri priče do kraja", 2004)
* "Twelve Collections and The Teashop" ("Dvanaest zbirki i čajdžinica", 2005)
* "The Bridge" ("Most", 2006)
* "Miss Tamara, The Reader" ("Čitateljka", 2006)
* "Amarcord" ("Amarkord", 2007)
* "The Last Book" ("Poslednja knjiga", 2007)
* "Escher's Loops" ("Esherove petlje", 2008)


* "Contemporaries of the Future" ("Savremenici budućnosti", 1983)
* "The Starry Screen" ("Zvezdani ekran", 1984)
* "First Contact" ("Prvi kontakt", 1985)
* "The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction I-II" ("Enciklopedija naučne fantastike I-II", 1990)
* "Essays on Science Fiction" ("Ogledi o naučnoj fantastici", 1995)

Anthologies edited

* "The Devil In Brisbane" (2005)
* "Fantastical Journeys to Brisbane" (2007)

External links

* [http://www.zoranzivkovic.com/ Official web site]
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* [http://www.fantasticmetropolis.com/i/livingclock/full/ A Living Clock] , a critical examination of "Time-Gifts" by Dušica Potić
* [http://www.infinityplus.co.uk/introduces/zoranzivkovic.htm Talented Dreamer] , an appreciation of the fiction of Zoran Zivkovic by Tamar Yellin


* [http://www.fantasticmetropolis.com/i/clarke/full/ The Motif of First Contact in Arthur C. Clarke's SF Works] , an excerpt from Zoran Živković's Master's thesis at "Fantastic Metropolis"
* [http://www.fantasticmetropolis.com/i/utopia/full/ Utopia in "Childhood's End" by Arthur C. Clarke] , at "Fantastic Metropolis"


* [http://www.strangehorizons.com/2004/20040906/zivkovic-a.shtml Zoran Zivkovic interviewed at Strange Horizons]
* [http://www.fantasybookspot.com/node/1601 Interview at Fantasybookspot.com]
* [http://www.wotmania.com/fantasymessageboardshowmessage.asp?MessageID=117017 Interview at "wotmania.com"]

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