Covering 100 SF writers, this book provides a brief biographical sketch, including a quote from the author, awards, a list of the author's major works; and, research sources including biographies, criticism, research guides, and Web sites. It is suitable students, scholars, readers' advisors and curious SF readers and fans.
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MAURA HEAPHY, an instructor at The Ohio State University, teaches composition and fiction writing.
Acknowledgments Introduction: Science Fiction Authors: A Research Guide What is Science Fiction? Why Do You Need This Book? Science Fiction Timeline About the Authors Organization of Entries Research Sources Alphabetical Listing of Authors How to Use This Book Some Notes about the Text Author Entries Major Awards General Bibliography Lists of Authors by Type Index
"Science Fiction Authors will be useful for libraries and students wanting a basic guide to predominantly American authors." - The Australian Library Journal "This title is an all-encompassing resource for those researching science fiction authors. It can be used by students, scholars, and general readers as well as academic and public libraries. . . . This title would be a great place to start for introductory research into science fiction authors." - ARBA "Heaphy achieves her goal of creating an accessible, intermediate-level resource for the genre of science fiction that bridges the gap between introductory resources such as reader's advisory guides and heavyweight references such as critical bibliographies." - Catholic Library World "Heaphy (fiction writing, business writing, and science fiction, Ohio State U., Columbus) presents a resource text for students, scholars, readers' advisors, and science fiction (SF) readers and aficionados interested in researching and learning more about SF writers and their works. The text features 100 entries for the most famous authors as well as popular and promising contemporary SF writers. Each entry includes the author's name; a brief biography; a list of thematic subjects typically found in the person's work; a list of major works and other important works; and a list of research sources, including encyclopedias and handbooks, bibliographies, biographies and interviews, criticism and readers' guides, and websites. Also included are a list of major SF writing awards, a general bibliography, and a list of the authors by thematic subject type to give users ideas about other authors they may enjoy reading." - Reference & Research Book News "This volume will help the beginning science-fiction researcher get started in identifying useful sources." - Booklist "An impeccable guide to authors of 'yesterday, today, and tomorrow.' The helpful introduction presents the world of science fiction and includes a time line. Entries, listed alphabetically by the author's most commonly recognized name, start with a quotation and follow with a brief biography and subject headings (indexed at the end of the book) for cross-referencing. 'Major Works' and 'Other Important Works' are then listed, followed by further reading, including Web sites, blogs, bibliographies, biographies and interviews, fan forums, criticism, readers' guides, and encyclopedias and handbooks. Many of the recommended titles are abbreviated, but are explained in 'Some Notes about the Text' in the beginning of the book. Notably, there are read-alike lists for more than 20 popular authors. Lists of major awards, of 'Authors by Type,' and a general bibliography are also included. This volume will be invaluable to reader's advisory librarians and as a 'what to read next' guide for fans of the genre." - School Library Journal, Starred Review
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