Science fiction writers : critical studies of the major authors from the early nineteenth century to the present day

Format: Print Book 1999
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Closed Reference (Please ask for assistance) rq PS374.S35 S36 1999
Location  CLP - Main Library
 
Collection  Second Floor - Closed Reference (Please ask for assistance)
 
Call Number  rq PS374.S35 S36 1999
 
 
Summary
The Scribner Writers Series has set the standard for literary reference for more than 25 years. In addition to addressing the lives and careers of important writers, the articles discuss the themes and styles of major works and place them in pertinent historical, social and political contexts for today's readers. Novelists, playwrights, essayists, poets, short story writers, and more recently, genre writers in science fiction and mystery, are all expertly discussed in the more than 16 sets comprising this series.Since the first edition was published in 1999, 20 new essays have been added on authors ranging from Gregory Benford and Katherine MacLean to Lucius Shepard and Gene Wolfe. In addition, 19 essays have been extensively revised. Pictures of most of the 96 authors have been added, and the set has been reorganized in alphabetical order for ease of use.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "In his introduction, editor Bleiler discusses the difficulty of defining science fiction as a genre and deciding which authors to include. This book takes a critical look at 96 writers ranging from Mary Shelley to Pat Murphy (b.1955), encompassing the "most important and influential" authors in the science fiction field from the early nineteenth century to the present day. The writers were chosen because they have played an important role in the development of the science fiction genre. With a few exceptions, only American and British writers are discussed. Unlike the first edition, which had chronological arrangement, this one uses a dictionary arrangement with names appearing in alphabetical order. Each signed entry includes biographical information, critical analysis, and a selected bibliography of primary and secondary works. Most entries include a portrait. This edition has more than 24 new entries, and most of the original articles have been updated and revised, often by the original authors. Some popular authors whose works are considered fantasy rather than science fiction have not been included. Although C. S. Lewis's Out of the Silent Planet and Perelandra are discussed at length, his Narnia books are dealt with in only a brief paragraph and with no analysis. On the other hand, the article on Ursula K. LeGuin covers her Earthsea series in some detail. The length of each article varies depending upon the contribution the author has made and the number of books that are analyzed. The volume concludes with a brief general bibliography and an index of titles and names. This is a valuable reference tool that will be useful for general interest as well as for reports about an author. Recommended for high-school, public, and academic libraries. Libraries owning the first edition, which was published in 1982, will want this update."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Science fiction, American -- History and criticism.
Science fiction, English -- History and criticism.
Science fiction, American -- Bio-bibliography.
Science fiction, English -- Bio-bibliography.
Publisher New York :Charles Scribner's Sons :1999
Macmillan Library Reference USA/Macmillan Publishing,
Edition 2nd ed.
Contributors Bleiler, Richard.
Language English
Description xxvii, 1009 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 29 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 0684805936 (alk. paper)
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