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Creators of Science Fiction

by Brian Stableford, Robert A. Heinlein & Jules Verne

Well-known critic and novelist Brian Stableford here discusses the writers, editors, and publishers who helped create the modern genre of science fiction: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Edgar Allan Poe, Camille...


Exotic Encounters: Selected Reviews

by Brian Stableford

Thirty-four review essays of science fiction, fantasy, and horror authors and musical groups, including works by the following: Poul Anderson, Kim Antieau, Jackie Askew, Ataraxia, Stephen Baxter, Gregory Benford,...


Xeno Fiction: More Best of Science Fiction: A Review of Speculative Fiction

by Damien Broderick & Van Ikin

Science fiction loves strangeness. It relishes oddities, even when it piles on fear and dystopian loathing. The technical term for a fascination with the strange and alien is xenophilia, just as the term for...


Beyond Horatio's Philosophy: The Fantasy of Peter S. Beagle

by David Stevens

In Beyond Horatio's Philosophy: The Fantasy of Peter S. Beagle, David Stevens examines the fantasy of American writer Peter S. Beagle. He finds a consistent view of the world and an almost overpowering sense...


A Sense-of-Wonderful Century: Explorations of Science Fiction and Fantasy Films

by Gary Westfahl

This book gathers together many of the illuminating essays on science fiction and fantasy film penned by a major critic in the SF field. The pieces are roughly organized in the chronological order of when the...


The Life of Sir Walter Scott: A Biography

by S. Fowler Wright

Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) is one of the best-loved Scottish writers. Beginning with a series of poetry collections and nonfiction works, Scott quickly became known as a rising force in British letters. But...


Xenograffiti: Essays on Fantastic Literature

by Robert Reginald

In this new retrospective collection spanning almost forty years, Pilgrim Award- and Collector's Award-winning fantasy novelist, critic, and bibliographer Robert Reginald contributes forty-five essays on writers...


Milton's Century: A Timeline of the Literary, Political, Religious, and Social Centext of John Milton's Life

by Michael R. Collings

No artist creates his works in a vacuum. Beyond the conscious influence of books read, artwork seen, minds probed (through conversation or exchange of letters), writers are in no small part products of everything...


Building New Worlds, 1946-1959: The Carnell Era, Volume One

by John Boston & Damien Broderick

Building New Worlds is a history of a pivotal decades-long episode in the birth and growth of today's science fiction. Enthralling and amusing, it's written with affection and wit. This is no dry, modishly theorized...


Strange Highways: Reading Science Fantasy, 1950-1967

by John Boston & Damien Broderick

Science Fantasy blends science fiction AND fantasy, so it tends to be bolder and more highly colored than pure science fiction. In the middle of the last century, the British magazine SCIENCE FANTASY created...


Spine Intact, Some Creases

by Victor J. Banis

A legendary name from the Golden Age of Paperbacks, VICTOR J. BANIS spins a witty and exuberant tale of A Thousand and One Knights, flitting blithely from tale to tail, in one era and out the other. Part autobiography,...


Speaking of the Fantastic III: Interviews with Science Fiction Writers

by Darrell Schweitzer & George R.R. Martin

The basics of a good interview may be summed up in the following sentence: find someone interesting and articulate, ask just enough questions to get them talking, then point the microphone, shut up, and, oh,...


Discovering H.P. Lovecraft

by Darrell Schweitzer

A definitive look at the life and work of horror writer H.P. Lovecraft, by a leading scholar of the fantasy and horror field. INTRODUCTION, by Darrell Schweitzer NOTES ON AN ENTITY, by Robert Bloch A LITERARY...


Speaking of the Fantastic III: Interviews with Science Fiction Writers

by George R.R. Martin, James Morrow & Darrell Schweitzer

Darrell Schweitzer interviews seventeen science fiction writers. Included are scintillating conversations with: George R. R. Martin, James Morrow, Jack Dann, Geoffrey A. Landis, Joe W. Haldeman, Zoran Zivkovic,...


Sense of Wonder: A Century of Science Fiction

by Leigh Ronald Grossman, Orson Scott Card & Louis McMaster Bujold

A survey of the last 100 years of science fiction, with representative stories and illuminating essays by the top writers, poets, and scholars, from Edgar Rice Burroughs and Samuel Butler to Robert A. Heinlein...


Out of the Shadows: A Structuralist Approach to Understanding the Fiction of H. P. Lovecraft

by James Arthur Anderson & S. T. Joshi

James Arthur Anderson takes a structuralist approach to dissecting the horror fiction of H. P. Lovecraft (1890-1937. This book offers both scholars and fans alike new insight into the work of the best-known...