The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction


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Wesleyan University Press
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6.22 X 9.2 X 1.68 inches | 2.42 pounds
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About the Author

ARTHUR B. EVANS is a professor of French at DePauw University. He has published numerous books and articles on Jules Verne and is the general editor of Wesleyan University Press's Early Classics of Science Fiction book series. ISTVAN CSICSERY-RONAY JR. is a professor of English at DePauw University and the author of The Seven Beauties of Science Fiction (Wesleyan, 2008). JOAN GORDON is a professor of English at Nassau Community College and coeditor of several volumes of scholarly essays on science fiction. VERONICA HOLLINGER is a professor of cultural studies at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario and the coeditor of Queer Universes: Sexualities in Science Fiction (2008). ROB LATHAM is an associate professor of English at the University of California, Riverside, and author of Consuming Youth: Vampires, Cyborgs, and the Culture of Consumption (2002). CAROL MCGUIRK is a professor of English at Florida Atlantic University and is widely published in eighteenth-century studies and Romanticism.


"[I]f the story is good people will flock to it. This seems to be the operative philosophy of The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction."--Alan Bisbort, Sunday Republican

"No institutional library should be without this truly phenomenal volume, and non-academic readers will greatly appreciate the bargain-basement price on the trade paperback edition."--Publishers Weekly

"It's an absolutely knockout collection that belongs on ever serious collector's shelf."--John O'Neill, Black Gate Magazine

"The stories in The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction reveal modern, written sf to be a mature, flexible, often sophisticated way to tell tales whose concerns are those of realistic literature but whose focus is on the impact of science and technology. The Wesleyan Anthology succeeds brilliantly."--Michael A. Morrison, World Literature Today

"This is an excellent collection of one of world literature's greatest treasure troves: the science fiction short story in English. The stories form a kind of history of the genre, and are a continuous reading pleasure."--Kim Stanley Robinson, author of the Mars Trilogy and The Years of Rice and Salt

"[I]t comes closer to perfection than any single-volume collection of science fiction short stories I have seen. The six editors have selected the contents with care, highlighting the heterogeneous nature of the field in almost every respect, from gender and race to subject matter and stylistic approach."--Paul Witcover, Locus

"The key word here is megatext. The Wesleyan Anthology presents the best sample from today's sf megatext--the 'fictive universe that includes all the sf stories that have ever been told, ' as the Wesleyan's editors neatly put it--that I could imagine fitting between two covers. Every story feels necessary to the whole. And the whole is a lure for readers, for teachers who want to inspire their classes, for all of us who care about understanding the turbulent world about us."--John Clute, editor of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction

"[W]hat has notably been missing is an anthology that bridges the gap between the classroom and the general reader, a book that is both an excellent teaching tool and a pretty good overview of the field for SF Readers who began their reading in the 1980s or later The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction is very nearly that book, and is almost certainly the most useful SF teaching and historical anthology now available."--Gary K. Wolfe, Locus magazine

"This anthology offers an overview from the works of Nathaniel Hawthorne and Jules Verne to those of William Gibson - so thorough with its brief, informative analyses at the start of each story, reading this collection is like taking a course without the bother of tests."--Eve Ottenberg, Washington City Paper

"No institutional library should be without this truly phenomenal volume, and non-academic readers will greatly appreciate the bargain-basement price on the trade paperback edition."--Publishers Weekly

"This big book is both a thrilling and entertaining and a convincing argument for the way SF can refresh the mind, play boldly with form and reflect its era creatively - in other words, what all good literature should do."--Ed Park, Los Angeles Times