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Speculations on Speculation: Theories of Science Fiction
Science fiction is a field of literature that has great interest and great controversy among its writers and critics. This book examines the roots, history, development, current status, and future directions of the field through articles contributed by well-respected science fiction writers, teachers, and critics. The articles 'speculate' on what is science fiction, is sci ...more
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Just as I expected from this collection of essays, some selections in this book are brilliant and others are mediocre at best. However, the brilliant ones more than make up for the droning of structuralists and formalists and once again prove that research can and should be exciting and fun for both the writer and the reader. Special thanks to Ursula K. Le Guin, whose writing would make absolutely any critical anthology worth reading.
American science fiction author, editor, scholar, and anthologist. His work from the 1960s and 70s is considered his most significant fiction, and his Road to Science Fiction collections are considered his most important scholarly books. He won a Hugo Award for a non-fiction book in 1983 for Isaac Asimov: The Foundations of Science Fiction. He was named the 2007 Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master ...moreMore about James Edwin Gunn...