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Inside Science Fiction: Essays on Fantastic…

Inside Science Fiction: Essays on Fantastic Literature

by James Gunn

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More of a text book composed of various essays, I felt it had some continuity issues. Still, it's a fantastic book from which to teach or learn the craft of SF writing. James Gunn is a master, and makes clear a number of issues related to the genre. Any serious student of SF must read this. ( )
  sgarnell | Jul 10, 2012 |
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James Gunn has had a long and distinguished career in science fiction. In addition to his stories and novels, he has written extensively about the reading, writing, and criticism of science fiction. Many of these essays were published in The Science of Science-Fiction Writing (Scarecrow, 2002). A second collection of essays, Inside Science Fiction, was originally published in 1992, and is now available in this revised, updated, and expanded edition. With the addition of five new articles written since 1992, Inside Science Fiction represents Gunn's latest thoughts about the genre.

The book is divided into four major sections that tackle various aspects of the genre:

· "Getting Inside Science Fiction," in which Gunn discusses his relationship with the genre
· "Science Fiction and the Teacher" illustrates various approaches to teaching science fiction
· "Science Fiction on Film and Television" deals with the film industry's approaches to science fiction, in particular, Gunn's experiences of seeing his novel The Immortals turned into a made-for-television movie and subsequent series
· "Science Fiction and the Real World" examines the impact of science fiction on the world and what the future holds for the genre

Inside Science Fiction offers a complete overview of science fiction for readers and viewers from an author, reader, and teacher who has seen it from all sides for more than seventy years.

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