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How to build your SF Reference Library: Essays

by Paul

If you start getting into the more academic areas of science fiction criticism, then you’re going to have to get used to dealing with essays. Much academic criticism comes in the form of essays (come to think of it, many books are really compilations of essays). Some of these are heavy going (there are always […]

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How to Build Your SF Reference Library: Classic Reviews

by Paul

I know, it’s been a little while since we added to this feature, but there are always more books to add to the library. And this post takes us back, in a sense, to the early days of science fiction scholarship. The earliest sf scholarship was probably bibliographies, fans compiling detailed and complete lists of […]

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How to Build Your SF Reference Library: Modern Masters of Science Fiction

by Paul

There’s an academic term: monograph. Basically it means a study of one particular subject. Where that subject is a science fiction writer, we’ve been pretty poorly served up to now. There have been occasional biographies, though these have usually been restricted to the very best known authors and haven’t always been that good. And let’s […]

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How to Build your SF Reference Library: H.G. Wells

by Paul

As you start to collect books about science fiction, you will, sooner rather than later, come to the problem: H.G. Wells. You see, there are probably more books about Wells than there are about any other science fiction writer. Actually, there are probably more books about Wells than there are about any four or five […]

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How to Build your SF Reference Library: Robert Scholes

by Paul

With everything that was going on at the end of last year, we missed the news that Robert Scholes had died. Scholes was one of the first academics who attempted to apply literary theory to science fiction. Not always successfully, it must be said. And for the casual reader his work tends to be off-puttingly […]

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How to Build Your SF Reference Library 2, Histories

by Paul

If you want to build up a reference library on science fiction, the first thing you need is context. In other words, there are certain very basic things you need to be able to find out. When did A happen? Did B occur before C, or after it? How does D relate to E? What […]

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How to build an SF Reference Library, 1 – Samuel R. Delany

by Paul

Okay, you love science fiction. But it’s not just the fiction you like. You want to read about it, find out more about the authors or books or ideas that interest you most. After all, you’re reading this blog, aren’t you. Well, you’re in luck, because there’s an absolute wealth of books out there that […]

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