Profile for P. A. March-Russell > Reviews

Personal Profile

Content by P. A. March-Ru...
Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,057,868
Helpful Votes: 14

Learn more about Your Profile.

Reviews Written by
P. A. March-Russell (Canterbury, Kent, UK)
(REAL NAME)   

Show:  
Page: 1
pixel
Entropy Exhibition: Michael Moorcock and the British 'New Wave' in Science Fiction
Entropy Exhibition: Michael Moorcock and the British 'New Wave' in Science Fiction
by Colin Greenland
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Important study of the New Wave, 14 Dec. 2011
Still the only full-length study of the British New Wave and an essential read for anyone interested in this period of science fiction. Dated in some respects - critical theory and our understanding of postmodernism have moved on since Greenland published his PhD thesis in 1983 - but the individual readings that he gives of Aldiss, Ballard, Moorcock and others remain useful and highly suggestive. Greenland himself went on to become an acclaimed science fiction writer, which is all the more reason to read his criticism. The book's recent republication by Routledge is to be soundly applauded.


Complete Short Story Omnibus
Complete Short Story Omnibus
by H.G. Wells
Edition: Hardcover

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential purchase, 31 May 2011
H.G. Wells is best known for his novels but he worked out many of his most original ideas, and ways of telling a story, in his short fiction. This magnificent collection brings together his entire short story output plus the novellas from "Tales of Space and Time" plus his introduction to "The Country of the Blind" - one of the most important statements on the short story. Most readers will probably turn first to the science fiction but they will also find ghost stories like 'The Red Room' and social comedies like 'The Jilting of Jane', all of which are testimony to Wells' astonishing diversity. Expensive, but a must buy for anybody intersted in science fiction, the short story or Edwardian literature.
Comment Comment (1) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Aug 11, 2013 4:32 PM BST


Parietal Games: Critical Writings by and on M. John Harrison (Foundation Studies in Science Fiction)
Parietal Games: Critical Writings by and on M. John Harrison (Foundation Studies in Science Fiction)
by M. John Harrison
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars essential critical text on essential contemporary writer, 2 Jun. 2009
"Parietal Games" collects M. John Harrison's criticism from his days with "New Worlds" onwards, a recent interview and a selection of insightful essays by SF/fantasy critics (Rob Latham and Farah Mendlesohn among them). You don't have to agree with all of Harrison's views to see that he is one of the most intelligent critical (as well as imaginative) voices in contemporary fiction. A consistent aesthetic emerges from these pieces, in particular, a rejection of SF's much vaunted claim to being a "literature of ideas" and an emphasis upon the role of conceit (this latter point leads into a critique of the New Wave and a fascinating dialogue with elder statesmen like Ballard). In retrospect, a direct line can be seen to run from Harrison's aesthetic to contemporary critiques like those of China Mieville or Geoff Ryman. The interview with the co-editor, Mark Bould, is also insightful and reveals both Harrison's modesty and generosity to younger writers. Lastly, the essays offer an excellent series of approaches to Harrison's writing - historical, deconstructive, feminist - from novels like "The Centauri Device" and "Viriconium" to "Light". Altogether, an excellent introduction to this key writer. And not just for the SF/fantasy fan - Harrison also reviews mainstream fiction and, since Harrison is an avid rock climber, there's a perceptive account of Joe Simpson's "Touching the Void".
Comment Comment (1) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Aug 11, 2013 4:18 PM BST


Page: 1