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Sheldon, daughter of a s writer, who worked in photo-analysis in the war and studied psychology. After this, Tiptree continued to write, but the stories were never quite as good, and in , seriously ill herself, she killed her invalid husband and committed suicide.
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It's an extraordinary life story, and Julie Phillips's account is quite simply one of the best and most gripping literary biographies you are ever likely to read. Ingham , and a recent two-volume biography of Robert Heinlein that has been severely criticised Robert A. Heinlein by William Patterson , but frankly none of them are a match for this book.
Palgrave Histories of Literature. Okay, no two authorities will ever agree on the history of science fiction; we can't even agree on a definition of sf, so how on earth are we going to agree on when it started or what it's made of. Even so, if you want a good, solid, no-nonsense history of the genre, this is the book for you. You're not going to agree with everything in the book. For instance, he identifies the starting point of sf as the burning at the stake of Giordano Bruno in , which is just eccentric.
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But he covers the ground thoroughly. Unusually for single-volume histories of sf he also covers film and television and music and games and so on; and it's Adam Roberts, so you know he can tell a good story. And his underlying contention that sf is Protestant while fantasy is Catholic may be stretching things a bit, but it does make a lot of sense. There are lots of histories of sf now available another will appear later in this list ; they range from the mad The World Beyond the Hill by Alexei and Cory Panshin to the fairly specialist Science Fiction in the 20th Century by Edward James , but none is as wide ranging, as comprehensive and as readable as this one.
A successful venture capitalist with billions in the bank, Mike Cohen has it all figured out. Brainocytes transform the human experience, making you smarter, faster, and more powerful. With enemies at every turn, Mike must use his newly enhanced capabilities to save his family, his friends, and ultimately, the world. Oxford Handbooks. One of the best things that any book about science fiction can do is make you think again about what sf actually is. This book does it to an extraordinary degree.
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There are four sections in the book, each consisting of 11 chapters, and only the first of these sections deals with science fiction as literature. The next section looks at science fiction in everything from film and television to architecture and theme parks. After that, it takes us into areas where most books on sf just do not tread: body modification, advertising, religion, military culture, libertarianism and anarchism, and so on. By the end of the book, the world will be a very different place, and you'll begin to think that science fiction has little to do with science and even less to do with fiction.
Okay, this isn't a book to buy, the price is ludicrous, but try and find it in a library and read the thing, it's well worth the effort. There is no other book that looks in such detail at all the ways science fiction affects the world around us. If you've ever said: we're living in a science fiction universe, this book will give you the evidence you need. Curiously, science fiction writers aren't always the best people to write about science fiction, they're too close to have the perspective that's needed.
The result is often rather pedestrian, like Arthur C. Clarke's memoir, Astounding Days, or Thomas M. But there are some sf writers who are among the very best commentators on the genre, and of these Samuel R. Delany is head and shoulders above them all. The Jewel-Hinged Jaw was his first collection of essays and reviews, and it's where he first developed the idea that science fiction is a language. Science fiction writers use words differently from other writers: "she turned on her side" could mean she rolled over, but in sf it could mean she threw a switch.
And having established that idea he goes on to explore how this different language marks science fiction out from the rest of literature. Delany has written almost as many books about science fiction as he has written novels. Some of them are quite dense, and he does use a lot of jargon, but if you love his fiction you'll really want to read these books as well.
The Jewel-Hinged Jaw is the place to start, but after this you'll quickly want to move on to the others, like Starboard Wine or The American Shore a full-length book devoted to analysing just one short story, "Angouleme" by Thomas M. Disch or Shorter Views or About Writing which is absolutely essentially for anyone who actually wants to be a science fiction writer.
In terms of literary culture, critical accounts of science fiction came rather late. Even so, there are some very early books that, if you can find a secondhand copy, are well worth reading. Bailey, which gave its name to the annual Pilgrim Award, is one of the founding works of sf study. But one of the first books to deal seriously with contemporary sf was this one. Amis, mainstream author of books like Lucky Jim, was invited to give a series of lectures at Princeton, and chose to talk about science fiction.
This book is the collection of those lectures. He presents sf as the ideal medium for satire, and introduces the term "comic inferno" to describe novels like The Space Merchants by Frederik Pohl and C. Kornbluth, which he particularly valued. New Maps of Hell is partial and idiosyncratic and very much of its time, but it was tremendously important as well as being often very funny and always very acute , and if you ever want to get an idea of the development of science fiction criticism, this is the place to start. I said there was another history of science fiction on this list, and here it is.
In Billion Year Spree, Aldiss had written the first book-length history of the genre, and in this work he expands that.
It's rather out of date now; there aren't that many who still agree with Aldiss that Frankenstein was the first work of science fiction, and his rather dismissive term of "cosy catastrophe" for the science fiction of writers like John Wyndham has also fallen out of use. Nevertheless, if you are looking for an engaging survey of the history of sf you really can't go far wrong with this book. Billion Year Spree was effectively the first history of science fiction, and this updated and expanded version is still one of the best. If you are looking for the pre-eminent sf critic, look no further; Clute is without doubt the best and most important critic working in the genre today.
His vocabulary is arcane and elaborate, his opinions are pronounced, and his knowledge of the genre is second to none. If you want an exhilarating ride through the state of the genre today, there is no-one better. He has published a string of books that collect his various reviews, such as Strokes, Look at the Evidence, Canary Fever, Scores and Stay, and in all honesty any of these would be an excellent place to start reading Clute. But the one we've picked is Pardon This Intrusion because it consists of longer and more general essays, so it's a great place to start getting to grips with the Clutean view of sf; just remember to keep a dictionary handy while you're reading.
John Clute is opinionated, knowledgeable, argumentative, and fiercely intelligent. Ask anyone in sf today who is the best critic working in the genre and the first name that any of them mention is likely to be John Clute.
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To put it simply, you need to read Clute, and this is probably the best place to start. As a critic of science fiction and fantasy, Ursula Le Guin is neither as prolific nor as academically inclined as Samuel R. Delany, but she is always readable and insightful. The Language of the Night is the first collection of her essays, reviews, book introductions, talks and other miscellaneous writings. It is probably most of interest for the insights it provides into her own writing, because she can be extraordinarily clear about the background to her own major works such as The Left Hand of Darkness.
But other essays discuss such things as the strengths and weaknesses of science fiction, the value of fantasy and so forth. In fact, the collection ranges as wide as her own fiction. Her later non-fiction, such as Dancing at the Edge of the World, Cheek by Jowl, Steering the Craft and The Wave in the Mind, are also worth reading not just for what she has to say about her own fiction, but also for her thoughts on the craft of writing in general and on feminism and science fiction in particular.
Ursula Le Guin has to be one of the most important and most thoughtful writers working in science fiction today, so it is always going to be worth seeking out what she has to say about the genre.
Some time ago, the critic Gary Westfahl tried to argue that you could use the number of neologisms in a work as a measure of how science fictional it was. The idea was nonsense, of course, but it does suggest how important new words are in sf. Here you will find everything from the words science fiction has invented, like "robot" or "spaceship"; to the language sf fans use, like "sercon" or "gafia"; to the jargon used in sf criticism, like "expository lump" or "widescreen baroque".
Just like any Oxford Dictionary, you'll not only find the definition or definitions of the word, but also the citations for where it was first used, and some of the other places where it has been used since. If science fiction is a language see The Jewel-Hinged Jaw above , or even if it isn't, the genre certainly uses words in its own very distinctive way, and it invents an awful lot of words as well.
So this is an invaluable reference book to help you keep clear about exactly what is being said. Early Classics of Science Fiction. Informed by Monty Python, its parody of life across the Universe recycles many beloved themes of science fiction, including rebellious technologies, time travel, galactic catastrophes and cosmic bureaucracy.
William Gibson blurs the boundary between human and machine beyond the point of recognition, extending the narrative introduced by Asimov. The author is now famed for his prophetic visions of technology. He coined the term "cyberspace" in previous publications, revisiting it in Neuromancer. A consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions of legitimate operators, in every nation….
Born in California in , Butler grew up in a socially deprived, mixed race neighbourhood.
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For a number of years she was the only African-American woman publishing sci-fi. The Xenogenesis novels explore the concepts of reproduction between species, gender and sexuality. The Mars trilogy tells the story of the first settlers on the Red Planet. It reintroduces the role of the human to this tale of extraterrestrial migration. Robinson also re-engages with the idea of utopia, which has been maligned throughout the 20th Century by various liberal critics. Margaret Atwood often terms her work as speculative, rather than science, fiction.
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Maddaddam is the third novel in Atwoods's trilogy written between It outlines a post-apocalyptic world following a catastrophic genetic engineering programme which has wiped out most of humanity. The author terms her work as speculative, rather than science, fiction meaning that scenarios in her novels are Earth-bound and plausible. This page is no longer being updated. BBC Iwonder. Brave New Worlds and dystopian nightmares Science fiction emerged nearly years ago during a time of great advances in science. Illustration from Frankenstein.
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