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Pardon This Intrusion by John Clute

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John Clute began to review science fiction in the early 1960s, and currently contributes Scores, a regular critical column, to the online journal Strange Horizons. Much of this work has been gathered into collections. He has co-edited or written three encyclopedias of fantastika, including The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction - the third edition of which is available free online here.

He has won four Hugos, four Locus Awards, the World Fantasy Award, and others. For his critical work in particular he was given a Readercon Award in 1989, the Pilgrim Award in 1994, the Eaton Grand Master Award in 1995, the ICFA Distinguished Guest Scholar Award in 1999, and the Solstice Award in 2012.

Pardon This Intrusion gathers together 47 pieces by John Clute, some written as long ago as 1985, though most are recent. The addresses and essays in Part One, "Fantastika in the World Storm", all written in the twenty-first century, reflect upon the dynamic relationship between fantastika – an umbrella term Clute uses to describe science fiction, horror and fantasy – and the world we live in now. Of these pieces, "Next", a contemporary response to 9/11, has not been revised; everything else in Part One has been reworked, sometimes extensively. Parts Two, Three and Four include essays and author studies and introductions to particular works; as they are mostly recent, Clute has felt free to rework them where necessary.

The few early pieces – including "Lunch with AJ and the WOMBATS", a response to the Scientology scandal at the Brighton WorldCon in 1987 – are unchanged. Six essays, some of considerable length, are now published for the first time.

 

Publisher (Year): Beccon (2011)
Binding (ISBN): Trade paperback (9781-870824-60-6)
Cover Art: Judith Clute

Condition: New.

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