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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: 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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Where Science Fiction Ends and Realism Begins?

by Paul

There’s an interesting article by Michael Newton in the Guardian about Steven Spielberg, or more specifically about his science fiction (Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan, Lincoln and Bridge of Spies get no mention). What Newton argues is that E.T., Close Encounters of the Third Kind, War of the Worlds, Minority Report and especially A.I. actually reflect something about America […]

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