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The Science Fiction Handbook (Wiley Blackwell Literature Handbooks)

The Science Fiction Handbook (Wiley Blackwell Literature Handbooks) [Kindle Edition]

M. Keith Booker , Anne-Marie Thomas
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"Science fiction has been an important force in English–language literature and publishing for well over one hundred years. The task of adequately summarizing it ... would seem daunting. Doing it adequately and in a manner that is both understandable to the lay reader and even at times entertaining might seem an impossibility. And doing all that in fewer than 350 pages . . . forget it. But Booker and Thomas have succeeded. Bravo. As Mr. Spock might say, with the lift of an eyebrow, ′Fascinating.′ As is this handbook. Every decent library should have it, and every good science fiction fan should refer to it. I guarantee you′ll learn something and have your horizons expanded." ( Green Man Review , September 2009) Booker and Thomas have produced a valuable work that manages to find a niche in a suddenly crowded market for resources on science fiction. ( CHOICE , October 2009) "The book is ... rich, [and] diverse ... .If you are interested in science fiction ... you [should] run out and get a copy. Although the focus is on literature, movies and TV shows are also included. I highly recommend it. The book not only taught me and demonstrated its a potential as a reference work, it introduced me to works of science fiction that I had not read and left me wanting to go out and read them." (Exploring Our Matrix Blog , September 2009) "In short, The Science Fiction Handbook is a fascinating reference work that puts science fiction subgenres into historical perspective while offering more detailed analyses of representative corresponding novels." ( SF Signal , July 2009) In The Science Fiction Handbook , authors M. Keith Booker and Anne–Marie Thomas finally give the genre its due, and celebrate it, as well as help to distinguish it from other forms such as fantasy or horror. ( , April 2009)


"This book represents an extremely useful pedagogical tool, that will find a home in both research libraries and undergraduate classrooms."–– Phillip Wegner , University of Florida

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2970 KB
  • Print Length: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (11 May 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002X78B3Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for the SF reader 2 Feb 2010
This is an excellent, informative and thoughtful book for anyone interested in the Science Fiction genre . . . but it is also a good book for more casual readers of the genre to dip into and explore. The handbook format of this book allows you to browse individual chapters that take your fancy or you can read it from cover-to-cover. Having now read it from cover-to-cover I am going back and re-reading chapters on areas that I am particularly interested in. Another real pleasure of the book is in finding new books and authors in areas that I have an interest and also the suggested reading and watching lists (for film and television) at the end of each chapter. My "to read" list has now doubled from reading this book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent handbook for teachers of political Science Fiction 27 Jan 2010
By M. Sisley - Published on
The 'Science Fiction Handbook' is a fine text for teachers and students of Science Fiction (SF) from upper secondary and into tertiary education. It has an unusual organisation, starting with a thematic approach to SF with a decidedly political drift, followed by significant author notes and finally with a section dealing with texts seen as important for teaching SF at the undergraduate level. The Handbook certainly fits a need and can be used right down to upper secondary education as well as the fervent amateur. Up to date and punchy with some fine coverage of many aspects of SF, though little on anime and graphic novels. Highly recommended.
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart and Accessible 25 Aug 2012
By Chris B - Published on
A terrific resource for teachers and for sci fi fans: comprehensive, astute, engaging and accessible for non-experts. I was inspired to read many of the stories I didn't know and to re-read those i did know!
5.0 out of 5 stars First off I love science fiction 3 Sep 2014
By Daniel - Published on
First off I love science fiction. Second I would like to say that I am biased, because she was my teacher and she was great. This is a must read for sci fi students.
6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars politically correct 9 July 2011
By chuck freeman - Published on
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While this does have merit, I was struck by the large amount of works by: women, minorities, gay and lesbian,and
non American writers that were highlighted in this book. Certainly SF has debts to, and glories by individuals in
all these groups. But I came away with the impression that diversity and political correctness were more important
in the works highlighted, than talent and contribution to the genre.
This aside, this a good introduction to the field.
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