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The Science Fiction Handbook (Wiley Blackwell Literature Handbooks) by [Booker, M. Keith, Thomas, Anne-Marie]
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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.? (SFscope.com, 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 (27 April 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002X78B3Q
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,174,660 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
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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3.0 out of 5 stars politically correct 9 July 2011
By chuck freeman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent handbook for teachers of political Science Fiction 27 Jan. 2010
By Michael Sisley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well-Worn from Frequent Reading 9 Nov. 2009
By Gary Townsend - Published on Amazon.com
An incredible book from an incredible writer. In one sentence de Camp provides an excellent means to know if you need to learn more about English or not. To wit:

"If you see nothing wrong with such sentences as 'He stared like he had seen a ghost,' or 'An individual can return to any period of his entire life providing his passage is not blocked by engrams,' you do not know enough about writing English to tackle fiction."

My copy is the 1975 edition, and it is well-worn from frequent reading.

The book starts with an (at that time) fairly exhaustive history of imaginative fiction, moves on to discuss the modern genres, and then editors and publishers, and writers and readers.

Their advice on preparing for a science fiction career, on getting ideas, on plotting, on writing, and on selling is, on the whole, still valid. If you ignore the bits about copyright (since this book pre-dates the 1976 Act and the 1998 Sonny Bono Act) and that the business section pre-dates the personal computer, you can still garner lots of useful advice from the entire book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book on writing. 7 Feb. 2010
By R. Christenson / Lunamation - Published on Amazon.com
This is the most useful guide to writing professional science fiction stories and novels. The author explains in clear details all facets of writing, including style, plotting, characterization, writing dialogue, consistency, considerations specific to the genre, submission to publishers, etc. I've never found a more useful book on writing.
5.0 out of 5 stars First off I love science fiction 3 Sept. 2014
By Daniel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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.
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