Groff Conklin’s Criticisms of Shelley’s Frankenstein

While reading the introduction to Science Fiction Thinking Machines (1954), I was shocked by Groff Conklin’s criticisms of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: Even since the days of that ineffably dull and moralistic epic Frankenstein and probably before, the idea of an intelligent machine, or automaton has fascinated writers of imagination. . . . There were manyContinue reading “Groff Conklin’s Criticisms of Shelley’s Frankenstein”

Book Review Leads to Criminal Libel Charge – NYTimes.com

As a regular reviewer of fiction and non-fiction books, I find this news story in The New York Times a little disturbing: In a little more than a week, a court in Paris will decide whether a law professor in New York committed criminal libel by publishing a book review. You will want to readContinue reading “Book Review Leads to Criminal Libel Charge – NYTimes.com”

Stanislaw Lem’s “Philip K. Dick: A Visionary Among the Charlatans”

In Science Fiction Studies #5 (1975), Stanislaw Lem wrote an article, translated from the Polish by Robert Abernathy, describing, analyzing, and challenging the work of Philip K. Dick (up to that point). Titled “Philip K. Dick: A Visionary Among the Charlatans,” it is a rich essay that has much to say about Dick’s work andContinue reading “Stanislaw Lem’s “Philip K. Dick: A Visionary Among the Charlatans””

The Routledge Companion to Science Fiction

I just received my copy of The Routledge Companion to Science Fiction today. After browsing through the entire volume, I’m amazed at how much amazing work is packed into this single volume by such a broad swath of the science fiction scholar community. I can see this anthology being useful in an SF survey courseContinue reading “The Routledge Companion to Science Fiction”

SFRA 2008 – Thursday

Thursday morning, I met up with Melissa, and we ventured to downtown Lawrence along Massachusetts Street.  We visited a British store with every kind of tea imaginable except Harrod’s Breakfast Blend, a French store with German chocolate, which I bought, and Milton’s for huge stacks of French toast and a delicious latte. Returning to theContinue reading “SFRA 2008 – Thursday”