Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Levin, Ira

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(1929-2007) US writer whose first novel of genre interest, Rosemary's Baby (1967), was filmed as the extremely influential Rosemary's Baby (1968). In both book and movie, the innocent young Rosemary conceives, gives birth to, and begins to mother the Antichrist – although in both versions the door is left open for us to read this as a fantasy of Perception rooted in the immature Rosemary's subconscious fear of Sex, which is messy. The Stepford Wives (1972) is Satire dressed as Technofantasy; it was filmed as The Stepford Wives (1974). This Perfect Day (1970) is sf; The Boys from Brazil (1976) – filmed in 1978 – is marginal sf; Sliver (1991) – filmed in 1993 – is an erotic Psychological Thriller. [JC/JG]

Ira Levin


This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.