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The Science Fiction Encyclopedia (1993) — Toimittaja; Associate Editor, Contributor — 687 kappaletta, 13 arvostelua
The Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) — Toimittaja — 513 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
Science Fiction: The Illustrated Encyclopedia (1995) 512 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Appleseed (2001) 284 kappaletta, 11 arvostelua
Interzone: The 1st Anthology (1985) — Toimittaja — 74 kappaletta
Interzone: The 2nd Anthology (1987) — Toimittaja — 63 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Look at the Evidence: Essays & Reviews (1996) 60 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Interzone: The 3rd Anthology (1988) — Toimittaja — 50 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Strokes: Essays and Reviews, 1966-1986 (1988) 43 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Interzone: The 4th Anthology (1983) — Toimittaja — 42 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Scores: Reviews 1993 - 2003 (2003) 40 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Canary Fever: Reviews (2009) 26 kappaletta
Interzone: The 5th Anthology (1991) — Toimittaja — 23 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Tesseracts 8: New Canadian Speculative Writing (2003) — Toimittaja — 14 kappaletta
Stay (2014) 11 kappaletta
Disinheriting Party (1977) 6 kappaletta
Sticking to the End (2022) 5 kappaletta
Interzone 002 (1982) — Toimittaja — 4 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Interzone 001 (1982) — Toimittaja — 3 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
The Book Blinders (2024) 2 kappaletta
Club Story 1 kappale
Eden sounding [short fiction] 1 kappale, 1 arvostelu
Beyond the Pale 1 kappale

Associated Works

Her Smoke Rose Up Forever (1990) — Johdanto, eräät painokset1,253 kappaletta, 37 arvostelua
Corum: The Coming Of Chaos (1971) — Johdanto, eräät painokset1,128 kappaletta, 11 arvostelua
Hawkmoon: The History of the Runestaff (1969) — Johdanto, eräät painokset881 kappaletta, 12 arvostelua
The Purple Cloud (1901) — Johdanto, eräät painokset678 kappaletta, 16 arvostelua
The Shape of Things to Come (1933) — Johdanto, eräät painokset596 kappaletta, 7 arvostelua
The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction (2003) — Avustaja — 286 kappaletta, 4 arvostelua
The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (1979) — Avustaja — 221 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
Chronicles of the Lensmen, Volume 2 (1999) — Esipuhe — 213 kappaletta
Conjunctions: 39, The New Wave Fabulists (2002) — Avustaja — 198 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
General Practice: A Sector General Omnibus (2003) — Johdanto — 175 kappaletta, 7 arvostelua
Terry Pratchett: Guilty Of Literature (2000) — Avustaja, eräät painokset153 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
The New Nature of the Catastrophe (1993) — Avustaja — 124 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Nebula Awards Showcase 2013 (2013) — Avustaja — 121 kappaletta, 3 arvostelua
New Worlds: An Anthology (1983) — Avustaja — 106 kappaletta, 3 arvostelua
Nebula Awards Showcase 2002: The Year's Best SF and Fantasy (2002) — Commentary — 91 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Alpha 5 (1974) — Avustaja — 74 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Northern Suns : The New Anthology of Canadian Science Fiction (1999) — Avustaja — 63 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
A New Universal History of Infamy (2004) — Esipuhe, eräät painokset61 kappaletta
The Orbit Science Fiction Yearbook: No. 2 (1989) — Avustaja — 59 kappaletta
Best SF Stories from New Worlds 6 (1970) — Avustaja — 56 kappaletta
Smarra and Trilby (1993) — Johdanto, eräät painokset54 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
New Worlds 1 (1991) — Avustaja — 53 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
New Worlds 8 (1975) — Avustaja — 52 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
New Worlds 6 (1973) — Avustaja — 51 kappaletta
More Tales from the "Forbidden Planet" (1990) — Avustaja — 49 kappaletta
The Orbit Science Fiction Yearbook: No. 1 (1988) — Avustaja — 49 kappaletta
New Worlds 5 (1973) — Avustaja — 46 kappaletta
On the Overgrown Path (2006) — Johdanto, eräät painokset46 kappaletta, 6 arvostelua
Snake's Hands: The Fiction of John Crowley (2003) — Avustaja — 45 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Other Edens 2 (1988) — Avustaja — 40 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
New Worlds 7 (1974) — Avustaja — 38 kappaletta
New Worlds 3 (1993) — Avustaja — 38 kappaletta
New Worlds 10 (1976) — Avustaja — 37 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
New Worlds 9 (1975) — Avustaja — 33 kappaletta
The Cherryh Odyssey (2004) — Avustaja — 33 kappaletta
The Orbit Science Fiction Yearbook: No. 3 (1990) — Avustaja — 33 kappaletta
Tales in Time (1997) — Johdanto — 31 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Drabble II: Double Century (1990) — Avustaja — 26 kappaletta
The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction June 1974, Vol. 46, No. 6 (1974) — Book Reviewer, eräät painokset16 kappaletta
Conjunctions: 67, Other Aliens (2016) — Avustaja — 13 kappaletta
Alfa Vier: SF-Verhalen (1976) 12 kappaletta
Interzone 033 (1990) — Avustaja — 5 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature (Volumes 1-5) (1983) — Avustaja — 5 kappaletta
Interzone 034 (1990) — Toimittaja — 5 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
Interzone 093 (1995) — Toimittaja — 5 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Interzone 023 (1988) — Avustaja — 4 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Omni Magazine March 1983 (1983) — Avustaja — 4 kappaletta
Infinity plus two (2002) — Johdanto — 3 kappaletta

Merkitty avainsanalla




"John read the stuff, and he read each novel and story with the same passion for squeezing out all its hermeneutical juices ("hermeneutical " is a word I picked up from John) that he would have given to texts by Pound or Eliot. He enjoyed the stuff (or he didn't, as the case may be), but he also paid it the compliment [...] of critical attention - not in the blikered, self-protective context of genre 'criticism' as it then existed, but as though science fiction were an adult citizen of the Republic of Letters, responsible for its prose and its subtexts, not permitted the classic evasion of genre hacks that they're 'only telling a story'".

Tom Disch in the introduction to "Strokes - Essays and Reviews, 1966-1986" by John Clute

After re-reading "Scores" I was just in the right mood to tackle a previous colletion of Clute's reviews.

I think that the premise that (SF) critique should be clear-cut and obvious (namely that to be experimental a writer/book reviewer needs to reject narrative/analysis) is wrong, many modernist writers were great story tellers - Faulkner, Proust, Beckett. In fact a lot of experimental works that are frequently cited as not having anything happen in them – “Catcher in the Rye”, “Waiting for Godot”, “On the Road”, actually have very carefully structured stories whose mechanics are often skillfully hidden. Ulysses as well was nothing if it wasn't a character study. Likewise a lot of more conventional novels – “Atonement” is a great example - are also very experimental. Iris Murdoch is another great example of a very conventional writer who experimented with magical realism as well as other narrative structures - she frequently involved the narrator in the story and she frequently allowed the narrator to leave or look beyond the confines of the actual story itself. Classifications like meta-modernism and traditional fiction are very useful for academics looking to explain fiction but that does not mean they exist independently of each other. I just want to say that it is fair to portray those critical of Clute's style as brainless philistines who can't be bothered learning big words. I myself love reading philosophical tracts by German philosophers in my spare time (yes, really); that doesn't mean that I am allergic to overly florid writing that wants to wear the stamp of cleverness so earnestly on its sleeve. I can stomach, nay, actually admire, playful cleverness, especially when it comes to analyse some of my favourite SF novels.

I've seen some pretty shitty SF literary critique before but it’s not Clute’s... but going for Clute’s jugular because he is using a shiny new words? People are just oafs…

SF = Speculative Fiction.
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Merkitty asiattomaksi
antao | Jul 25, 2021 |
"One fine day my friend is approached by a colleague.
- So how are things? asks the colleague.
- Pretty well. Flourishing, really.
- What are you doing these days?
- Still reviewing a great deal.
There is a pause.
- So have you any plans for the future?
- I expect to do more of the same, I suppose, says my friend.
- No, no, says the colleague, what I mean is: when do you plan to do some real work again?"

In "Scores: Re Views 1993-2003" by John Clute

We can all guess who "the friend" is, right? Now look, just because you don't understand the genius that is John Clute, don't knock it. Sure, everything he writes looks like you've dropped a box of scrabble. Nobody understands the words, because he uses words that pre-dated Christ. Just look at the pictures of himself for a clue. For all you small minded fools, Clute is giving you a clue. See the stick above his right elbow? It is his dowsing stick. I have seen him at low tide, in the early hours before sunrise, along the muddy banks of the dart 'dowsing' for words. He finds words that fell overboard from sailors ships to be lost in the thick mud. Digging them up with his bare hands. Words that have laid forgotten for “gembdiddiatcha”. The post-it notes contain random large words. Placed upon the wall in random. Every 23 words he writes, he selects one and makes Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis it the 24th word. I have it of good authority that some of those post-it notes actually belonged to WIlliam Shakespeare himself. The light bulb that is above his head? “Confliptoniationish” is an idea's bulb. When ever he needs an idea, he pulls a chord and 'Eureka.' Though I love Clute, He did sell me a word once that turned out to be a cut-n-shut, in that it was two pedestrian words cut in half and joined together. But never mind that. If you want what I mean go read some of his reviews on Gibson's "Virtual Light", Swanwick's "The Iron Dragon's Daughter", Egan's "The Permutation City", Priest's "The Prestige", etc.

Clute was one of the best things that ever happened to SF, SF-wise.
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antao | Jul 25, 2021 |
The hardback second edition dates from 1993; the third edition is only available online, (http://www.sf-encyclopedia.com/). The second edition had over 6,500 entries and 1.3 million words; the third edition has just passed 18,000 entries and 5.9 million words. So you will understand which is the more comprehensive version.

Yet if I want to quickly look up some writer, or obscure old film, and I've shut my devices down for the night, I'll still reach for the second edition. The extent to which the gilt printing on the dust jacket of my copy has worn shows how often it has been on and off the shelf! And for idle browsing, it's still invaluable. If you see one second-hand and the asking price is within your pocket, go for it.… (lisätietoja)
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RobertDay | 12 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Mar 8, 2020 |
There is a difference between the hardback and paperback editions. The paperbacks have the update with new data, typographical errors, factual corrections, and miscellanea. That update actually makes the paperback the better and more useful reference.
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rickklaw | 12 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Oct 13, 2017 |



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