- Hardcover: 349 pages
- Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press (15 Jun. 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0809311879
- ISBN-13: 978-0809311873
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 3.5 x 21.6 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,638,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Benchmarks: Galaxy Bookshelf (Alternatives) Hardcover – 15 Jun 2006
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About the Author
Algis Budrys, critic and SF historian, is the author of such acclaimed novels as "Michaelmas "and "Rogue Moon."
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So while Budrys may find gaping rational holes in many novels (probably including one or two of your favorites, so brace yourself), he's also happy to declare that some books are worthy of high praise (and your reading time) despite flaws of logic and story-telling. For just one example, he calls Norman Spinrad's Bug Jack Barron "a flawed but acceptable telling of a magnificent story; a representation of nobility, one might say, with a Mickey Mouse ending."
In sum, this book makes for interesting and educational reading about what distinguishes good science fiction from bad, and it's also a highly engaging and enjoyable read.