Praise for Thomas Disch:
"One of the most remarkably talented writers around."
---Washington Post Book World
"[Disch] is without doubt one of the really bright lights on the American SF scene."
---Fantasy and Science Fiction
This collection by the much-loved and lauded science-fiction writer Thomas Disch spans twenty-five years of his career, during which he has supplemented his creative output with reviews and critical essays in publications as diverse as the Nation, the New York Times Book Review, the Atlantic Monthly, and Twilight Zone.
Disch's perspectives on his genre are skeptical, novel, and often incendiary. The volume's opening essay, for example, characterizes writers of science fiction as "the provincials of literature." Other essays explore science fiction's roots-Poe, Bradbury, Clarke, Asimov, Vonnegut-as well as modern practitioners such as Stephen King, Philip Dick, Robert Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and William Gibson.
Disch entertains and provokes with essays on UFOs, Science Fiction as a Church, and Newt Gingrich's Futurist Brain Trust. Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Madame Blavatsky also get the Disch treatment. Throughout, the writing is lively, agile, and irreverent, exhibiting an incisive honesty that is undiluted by Disch's own attachments as a sci-fi practitioner. On SF will appeal equally to lovers of science fiction and connoisseurs of the finest critical prose.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - librarianbryan - LibraryThing
Disch and I aren't always in harmony (he slays one of my favorite novels [admittedly one I haven't read in years:]), but his vision is insightful, focused, consistent, hence, refreshing. Anyone ... Read full review
The Embarrassments of Science Fiction
A Popular Misconception
The Further Embarrassments
Brave Netu World Revisited Once Again
Sic Sic Sic
Isaac Asimov 19201992
Time Space the Limitlessness of the Imaginationand
Queen Victorias Computers
PRRT FIDE Crazy Neighbors
UFOs and the Origins of Christianity
Science Fiction as a Church
The Evidence of Things Not Seen
Science Fiction and
Newts Futurist Brain Trust
PHRT THREE The Bully Pulpit
Talking with Jesus
The Labor Day Group
The Feast of St Bradbury
PHRT FDUR Selected Larger Trees
Wolfes New Sun