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Historical Dictionaries of Literature and the Arts #1: Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction Literatureby Brian M. Stableford
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This reference tracks the development of speculative fiction influenced by the advancement of science and the idea of progress from the eighteenth century to the present day. The major authors and publications of the genre and significant subgenres are covered. Additionally there are entries on fields of science and technology which have been particularly prolific in provoking such speculation. The list of acronyms and abbreviations, the chronology covering the literature from the 1700s through the present, the introductory essay, and the dictionary entries provide science fiction novices and enthusiasts as well as serious writers and critics with a wonderful foundation for understanding the realm of science fiction literature. The extensive bibliography that includes books, journals, fanzines, and websites demonstrates that science fiction literature commands a massive following.
Book News Annotation:
Like most professional fiction and nonfiction writers, Stableford has a day job to cover the slow times (creative writing, King Alfred's College, England). He traces the birth of the genre to 1726 and Book Three of Swift's , calling it a fictional anti-science satire. His entries consider hacks as well as himself and other fine authors, Britain and France as well as the US, the more popular themes, various writing approaches and techniques, magazine and fanzines, and publishers. He does not cite titles, nor does he provide an index, so the reference is little help tracking down a favorite book. The bibliography is general rather than entry- specific. The articles are heavily cross-referenced.
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This reference tracks the development of speculative fiction influenced by the advancement of science and the idea of progress from the eighteenth century to the present day. It provides an account of the major authors of works marketed under the genre la
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