Pardon This Intrusion
By John Clute
An SF Gateway eBook: bringing the classics to the future.
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.
John Clute (1940- ) has lived mostly in London for many years. His first SF novel, Appleseed (2001), was a New York Times Notable Book. He has been involved in writing encyclopedias - mainly The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction - since the 1970s; they have won many awards, including five Hugos. His most original work appears in his six volumes of collected reviews and essays, which assemble more than a million words of sustained scrutiny of SF and fantastika in general. For this work he has received a 1989 Readercon Award, the 1994 Pilgrim Award, a 1997 Locus Award, the 1999 ICFA Distinguished Guest Scholar Award, and a 2012 Nebula/Solstice Award. He is a Visiting Fellow at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.
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24 Nov 2016
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