Richard Erlich

Richard ErlichEmeritus Professor 
Professor Erlich retired from Miami University in 2006.

711 Island View Circle
Port Hueneme, CA 93041–3447
(805) 488 9131 (messages only)


Ph.D., English, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, 1971

M.A., English, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

A.B., English, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign

Teaching Interests

  • Shakespeare
  • Science fiction & fantasy
  • Utopian studies
  • Satire
  • Student engagement

Research Interests

  • Science fiction & fantasy
  • Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Frederik Pohl
  • SF film

Selected Publications

  • Views from a Jagged Orbit: Essays by Richard D. Erlich. Rockville, Maryland: Wildside Press, 2017.
  • "Clockworks 2: The Human/Machine Interface Wiki.” Extrapolation, 57.3 (2016): [355]-58.
  • Entries for Beowulf and George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four. Literary Wonderlands: A Journey through 100 of the Greatest Fictional Worlds Ever Created. Laura Miller, general editor. London, UK: Elwin Street Productions, 2016.
  • Coyote’s Song: The Teaching Stories of Ursula K. Le Guin. Borgo-Wildside Press, 2010.  
  • Always Coming Home: Ethnography, unBible, and Utopian Satire.” Paradoxa #21 (2008): 137-166.
  • “A Longish Note on Ursula K. Le Guin’s LaviniaSFS 35 (2008) 349-53.
  • Clockworks: A Multimedia Bibliography [i.e., List] of Works Useful for the Study of the Human/Machine Interface in SF. Richard D. Erlich and Thomas P. Dunn, compilers (so the legal attribution; Dunn and Erlich agreed upon “Richard D. Erlich with Thomas P. Dunn”). Assisted by Edward K. Montgomery, Catherine Mills Royer, and D. Scott DeLoach. Westport, CT: Greenwood P, 1993.
  • Clockwork Worlds: Mechanized Environments in SF. Richard D. Erlich and Thomas P. Dunn, eds. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1983.
  • The Mechanical God: Machines in Science Fiction. Thomas P. Dunn and Richard D. Erlich, eds. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1982.
  • “Le Guin and God: Quarreling with the One, Critiquing Pure Reason.” Extrapolation 47.3 (Winter 2006): 351–79. 
  • “Herons, Ringtrees, and Mud: Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Eye of the Heron.”Extrapolation 49.3 (Fall 2002) 314-29. With Diana Perkins [MU undergrad].
  • “Beyond Topeka and Thunderdome: Variations on the Comic–Romance Pattern in Recent SF Film.” Science-Fiction Studies, 14 (1987): 316-25. Peter C. Hall and Richard D. Erlich.
  • “Ursula K. Le Guin and Arthur C. Clarke on Immanence, Transcendence, and Massacres.” Extrapolation 28 (Summer 1987): 105-29.
  • “‘That Old White–Bearded Satan’ (or ‘Sympathy for the Devil’): Outsiders Inside Some Fictive Worlds.” West Virginia Philological Papers, 32 (1986 [1987]), 1-11.

Web Publications

Recent Journalism

Teaching Websites

Film Credits

Work in Progress

Erlich continues to manage Clockworks 2: A Wiki Annotated List of Works Useful for the Study of the Human/Machine Interface in SF. He is retired in Ventura County, CA, where he is does some editing of scholarly texts and fiction and serves as Director of Development for Buchanan Productions, an independent producer of films.