Sense of Wonder: A Century of Science Fiction

By Leigh Ronald Grossman

A survey of the final a hundred years of technology fiction, with consultant tales and illuminating essays by way of the head writers, poets, and students, from Edgar Rice Burroughs and Samuel Butler to Robert A. Heinlein and and Jack Vance, from E.E. "Doc" Smith and Clifford D. Simak to Ted Chiang and Charles Stross-- and everybody in among. multiple million phrases of vintage fiction and essays!

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