Benchmarks: Galaxy Bookshelf

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Southern Illinois University Press, 1985 - Fiction - 349 pages

Over the years since 1965, Algis Budrys has emerged as the leading critic of mod­ern speculative fiction: insightful, ec­lectic, and notoriously uninhibited. Benchmarks collects the material that started it—all 54 Galaxy Bookshelf book-review columns Budrys created for the now-vanished Galaxy Magazine. Writ­ten for what was then the world’s leading SF periodical, these legendary summa­tions and summary judgments coincided with the period when newsstand-borne science fiction and fantasy were evolving from pulp toward literature. Budrys’ Galaxy reviews trace an incisive, some­times wickedly acerb path through that sparsely charted literary territory.

Budrys defines his standards and his function in his own words: “A book should he good. A bird should fly.

“Writers of imperfect, tousled books should be made aware that standards of breeding and grooming exist. I strive to fulfill that function.”

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Algis Budrys, critic and SF historian, is the author of such acclaimed novels as Michaelmas and Rogue Moon.

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