Well-known critic Hassler here contributes a comprehensive survey of Asimov's major fiction, from his beginnings as a short-story writer in "The Campbell Years," through his early and juvenile novels, including a complete outline and evaluation of the author's ever-popular Robot and Foundation series. Starmont Reader's Guide 40.
This text examines the close relationship between politics and science fiction and shows how much of the former is grounded in the latter. It is both an exploration of futuristic literature and a spectrum of ideas, from libertarianism to feminism.
A selection of papers delivered at Chicon IV, including "Stephen King in Context," (Joseph F. Patrouch, Jr.); "Narcissism and Romance in McCaffrey's 'Restoree, '" (Mary T. Brizzi; "Harlan Ellison's Use of the Narrator's Voice" (Joseph F. Patrouch, Jr., more
Hassler have arranged and edited material from the notebooks to reveal the wonderful story of a literary friendship between an old master, who knew he was a "master" and who continually valued what he called the "ecstasy" of fine writing, and a would-be writer and believer
Surveying the vast expanse of politically-charged science fiction, this book posits that the defining dilemma for these tales rests in whether identity and meaning germinate from progressive linear changes or progress, or from a continuous return to primitive realities of war, death and the competition for survival.
Patterns II includes ten scholarly essays on a variety of science fiction themes and topics, as presented at ConStellation, the Forty-First World SF Convention, held at Baltimore, Maryland, from September 1-5, 1983. Included are essays by Merritt Abrash, Rosemarie Arbur, Jared Lobdell, Edward A. Boyno, Constance M. Mellott, Lawrence I. Charters, Thomas P. Dunn, Judith B. Kerman, Philip E. Kaveny, and Janice M. Bogstad on such writers as H. G. Wells, Thornton Wilder, David Gerrold, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Philip K. Dick, and on the film Blade Runner. Includes a comprehensive Introduction by Hassler.