Turning Points: Essays on the Art of Science Fiction

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SFWA Grandmaster Damon Knight edits and contributes to this incredible collection of essays on writing, reading, and the nature of science fiction, written by all the greatest science fiction writers ever. Contents include:


I. A Walk Around the Topic

- Science Fiction: Its Nature, Faults and Virtues - Robert A. Heinlein

- Social Science Fiction - Isaac Asimov

- What Is Science Fiction? - Damon Knight

II. History Without Tears

- Pilgrim Fathers: Lucian and All That - Brian W. Aldiss

- Science Fiction Before Gernsback - H. Bruce Franklin

- The Situation Today - Kingsley Amis

III. Criticism. Destructive and Otherwise

- On Science Fiction - C. S. Lewis

- Alien Monsters - Joanna Russ

- Cathedrals in Space - William Atheling, Jr. [James Blish]

- Contact - Pierre Versins

IV. S.F. and Science

- No Copying Allowed - John W. Campbell

- Scientists in S.F.: A Debate - Philip R. Geffe, Milton A. Rothman, John W. Campbell, James V. Mcconnell

V. How To. In Four Tricky Lessons

- On the Writing of Speculative Fiction - Robert A. Heinlein

- How To Build a Planet - Poul Anderson

- How To Collaborate Without Getting Your Head Shaved - Keith Laumer

- Writing and Selling Science Fiction - Damon Knight

VI. S.f. As Prophecy

- Chemical Persuasion - Aldous Huxley

- Pandora's Box - Robert A. Heinlein

- Gourmet Dining in Outer Space - Alfred Bester

VII. Confessions

- Why So Much Syzygy? - Theodore Sturgeon

- There's Nothing Like a Good Foundation - Isaac Asimov

- Son of Dr. Strangelove - Arthur C. Clarke

- Journey With a Little Man - Richard Mckenna

About the Author

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Damon Knight

Damon Knight was a science fiction author, editor, critic and fan. His forte was short stories and he is widely acknowledged as having been a master of the genre. He was a member of the Futurians, an early organization of the most prominent SF writers of the day. He founded the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. (SFWA), the primary writers' organization for genre writers, as well as the Milford Writers workshop and co-founded the Clarion Writers Workshop. He edited the notable Orbit anthology series, and received the Hugo and SFWA Grand Master award. The award was later renamed in his honor. He was married to fellow writer Kate Wilhelm.


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