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Aliens, Robots & Virtual Reality Idols in the Science Fiction of H. P. Lovecraft, Isaac Asimov and William Gibson Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- Publication date : October 30, 2020
- File size : 721 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 272 pages
- Publisher : Zero Books (October 30, 2020)
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- ASIN : B08JHFJQ8N
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
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- Language: : English
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- Best Sellers Rank: #1,539,078 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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John L. Steadman is probably best known for H. P. LOVECRAFT AND THE BLACK MAGICKAL TRADITION, and many of the same problems with that book manifest themselves here. The scholarship is tissue-thin; Steadman doesn't completely ignore the decades of scholarship produced on the work and lives of Lovecraft, Isaac Asimov, and William Gibson, but neither does this work show any familiarity with the current edge of scholarship - most of the essays and books he cites are decades old, and the citations themselves are usually superficial, showing no real engagement with the material.
On top of that - there's not a lot of insight here. Zer0 Books has produced books on weird philosophy from the likes of Graham Harman which are sometimes ponderous but at least have an interesting idea at the heart of them. Steadman's analyses are not based on a thorough knowledge of the works or authors, and it shows; the points that he tries to communicate not only aren't particularly nuanced - they're not even new. Critics have been talking about Lovecraft's cosmicism and the indifference of the universe to human beings for decades; you don't need Steadman to tell you that.
Honestly, zer0 Books should demand better of their authors.