Science Fiction: The 100 Best Novels
Carroll & Graf, 1986
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This lively and authoritative guide will appeal to both newcomers and connoisseurs of the genre. Informative and readable, Pringle's choices focus on landmarks by known artists and also unearth the talents of those that are lesser known.
The book is comprised of a series of 100 essays, covering the years 1949 to 1984 and in order of publication, without any ranking. Although somewhat focused on works from the British Isles, it is considered an important critical summary of the science fiction field.
Pringle admits that fewer than thirty selections may generously be called even "masterpieces of their sort". On the whole, "Some of them are old favourites of my own ... Some are other people's favourites, novels which have been outstandingly popular or influential, or which seem to be especially good representatives of their type. A small minority, perhaps as many as ten, are books for which I have little or no personal enthusiasm: they have been included for the sake of balance and variety."
The books and authors covered in this volume are the basis for our David Pringle's Science Fiction: The 100 Best Novels list.
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