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Subject: Looking for a book analyzing science fiction
Date Posted: 10/16/2009 4:30 PM ET
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A colleague of mine is looking for a non-fiction book (or books) analyzing the field of science fiction.  In her words: " I'm really looking for any scholarly work that discusses the genre of science fiction (what makes a book/story/movie science fiction, how we define the term, etc...)."  Does anyone have any recommendations that I can pass on to her - better yet, do you have anything like this on your shelf that I can order and have sent directly to her?  Thanks in advance!  

Date Posted: 10/16/2009 5:02 PM ET
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Trillion Year Spree Brian Aldiss  --"an updating of Aldiss' earlier book Billion Year Spree--is a comprehensive, informed, and opinionated history and analysis of science fiction"

It's not available through PBS but

The Language of the night by Ursula K LeGuin is.  This one is essays dealing with distinctions between fantasy & science fiction etc...

I haven't read either.  I got the info off this website (the guy is long winded and slightly pretentious and rates some of my favorite authors only 1 star) www.greatsfandf.com

Subject: Adam Roberts
Date Posted: 10/16/2009 6:53 PM ET
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You might try Adam Roberts - Science Fiction: The New Critical Idiom.  This author sometimes puts stuff out on Torque Control.  Which is British SF on-line.

Hmm, this hyperlink flumixes me.  You'll have to search by key words I guess. 

Last Edited on: 10/16/09 6:57 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 10/17/2009 8:20 PM ET
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Trillion Year Spree -- I have read it and it would be my top recommendation.  A lot of libraries have copies so you might want to check there.