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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Wesleyan (January 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0819569372
  • ISBN-13: 978-0819569370
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #623,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“There is much to admire in Evaporating Genres.”—Matthew Cheney, Strange Horizons


“Evaporating Genres is, as Wolfe’s work has always been, lively, impressively knowledgeable, and crystal clear. It is a major contribution, examining the ways genres function in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.” (Brian Attebery, author of Decoding Gender in Science Fiction)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dennis E. Henley on April 1, 2013
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Recently I've been reading science fiction literary criticism. Gary K. Wolfe's offering, Evaporating Genres, is one of the best I've encountered. Not only are the topics very interesting and thought provoking, the text is nearly jargon-free. And Wolfe can be hilarious at times, as illustrated by his take on Asimov's Foundation series:

"Despite his reputation, Asimov was never one of science fiction's great inventors, but he was its single greatest apostle of management, and his dream of managing history, of reducing millennia of chaos to a few centuries through the science of statistics and a handful of strategically placed public service announcements..."

I never considered Hari Seldon in those terms before, but Wolfe is absolutely correct.

This book is highly recommended. If you have the same experience as I had, you'll probably be jotting down many of the titles that Wolfe mentions and adding them to your reading list.
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