Across the Wounded Galaxies: Interviews with Contemporary American Science Fiction Writers

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Larry McCaffery
University of Illinois Press, 1991 - Literary Criticism - 267 pages

Modern science fiction writers have long inhabited a dimension far removed from the comfortable realms of filmic space opera franchises and Dr. Who. Too often lurking along the margins of literature are some of the most intelligent, imaginative, and outrageous writing talents of our day. These interviews by legendary critic and SF proponent Larry McCaffery journeys into the minds and psyches of ten iconic writers whose works influenced the evolution of science fiction. Authors like Octavia Butler, William Gibson, Thomas Disch, Ursula Le Guin, and Bruce Sterling discuss New Wave, hard versus soft SF, and the viability of the genre as a means of suggesting political, radical, and sexual agendas. As these writers speak candidly about their works, backgrounds, and aesthetic impulses, it becomes clear that the issues on their minds and in their fiction are central to contemporary life and art.
 

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Gregory Benford
9
William S Burroughs
31
Octavia E Butler
54
Samuel R Delany
71
Thomas M Disch
105
William Gibson
130
Ursula K Le Guin
151
Joanna Russ
176
Bruce Sterling
211
Gene Wolfe
233
Index
257
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About the author (1991)

Larry McCaffery is a literary critic and editor, and a retired professor of English and comparative literature. His many books include Storming the Reality Studio: A Casebook of Cyberpunk and Postmodern Science Fiction and Some Other Frequency: Interviews with Innovative American Authors.

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