New Maps Of Hell: A Survey Of Science Fiction

New Maps Of Hell: A Survey Of Science Fiction Review

Based on Amis' series of six lectures on science fiction in 1959, New Maps of Hell, discussion emphasizes the satirical and dystopian elements in science fiction rather than being primarily about technology....

Title:New Maps Of Hell: A Survey Of Science Fiction
Edition Language:English

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  • Manny

    I could barely put down this wonderful essay by the late Kingsley Amis, who turns out to have had exactly the same prejudices about science-fiction as I do. From the identity of the first known SF sto...

  • Andrew

    This has been possibly one of the hardest books to categorise that I have read in recent times. Let me explain.The book is based around a series of lectures Amis gave in the early 60s. He himself a fa...

  • Joseph

    anybody that likes Lit Crit (and that's everybody, right?) hs got to read this. Then read the books he touches on, then read his own novels.......

  • Printable Tire

    The first truly critical analysis of science fiction by an author better known for his work outside the science fiction field. Amis begins with a brief history of science fiction and its origins in th...

  • Jose Moa

    Kingsley Amis (1922-1995) wrote in 1960 i think is the first serious essay on the world of science fiction,ovously it is outdated but yet it contains some gems.The book beguins with the primitive hist...

  • Sara

    Dated? Yes. Is it a brave subject to tackle and defend at the close of the 1950s --unlike a certain, albeit wonderful author who in 2015 still shuffles behind the spec word--absolutely. And once again...

  • Dominick

    This was hard to rate. On the one hand, it is very dated; ironically, perhaps, a 50+-year-old critique of SF suffers from some of the same stale-dating that 50+-year-old SF itself suffers from. Furthe...

  • Karl Bunker

    This 1960 book is an interesting and engaging work in the history of science fiction studies. Kingsley Amis (1922 - 1995) was a noted English novelist, poet, critic, and teacher; he was the author of ...

  • Peter Dunn

    It has taken me 30 years to get round to taking this out of my to be read plies but it still holds up as pretty much the definitive starting point for anyone wanting to analyse SF as a literary phenom...

  • Cindy

    From Brilliant SF books that got away:"Robert May, former UK chief scientific adviser: “This is the book that made science fiction grow up. It’s a scholarly review that takes science fiction serio...