Postmodern Archipelago

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  • The publication of Michael Swanwick’s brilliant “A User’s Guide to the Post Moderns” sent shockwaves rippling through the science fiction community. Not since the controversy surrounding the advent of the so-called New Wave writers of the 1960s and early 1970s had anyone dared to categorize science fiction writers.

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Product Description

  • Author
    Michael Swanwick  
    Binding
    paperback  
    Cat No.
    3016367  
    EAN
    978096483206050750  
    Genre
    Science Fiction  
    ISBN
    9780964832060  
    Publisher
    Tachyon Publications  
    Type
    Books  
  • The publication of Michael Swanwick’s brilliant “A User’s Guide to the Post Moderns” sent shockwaves rippling through the science fiction community. Not since the controversy surrounding the advent of the so-called New Wave writers of the 1960s and early 1970s had anyone dared to categorize science fiction writers.

    A work that was originally intended as an homage, to illuminate the works of many of the younger writers in the field, “A User’s Guide” was vilified in numerous fanzine articles and convention panels. But Swanwick’s essay was not intended to generate controversy, and it remains, beyond the initial conflagration. It is a thoughtful and insightful look into the science fiction field of the early to mid-1980s, an era which includes postmodernist writers like William Gibson and Kim Stanley Robinson, Bruce Sterling and James Patrick Kelly.

    The Postmodern Archipelago contains “A User’s Guide to the Postmoderns,” published here for the first time since its initial magazine appearance in Asimov’s SF, as well Swanwick’s elegant essay on the fantasy genre, “In the Tradition…” and an original introduction written by Swanwick for this publication.

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