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From the PublisherAlexander Star The New York Times Disch is an eloquent storyteller and polemicist....[His] book is consistently rewarding.
Frank McConnell San Jose Mercury News Brilliant....It's a wonderful book, and no one who cares about science fiction, or about American culture, should miss reading it.
George Feeley The Washington Post Witty, urbane and generous....Thomas M. Disch has got it right.
Robert Silverberg The Wall Street Journal Mr. Disch's lively and provocative new book is a science-fiction insider's brilliant attempt to come to terms with the bizarre morphing of our civilization in the past fifty years into something that might well have leaped out of the archetypical tales of yesterday's SF masters.
Alyssa Katz Newsday [Disch speaks] for the entire genre with admirable authority and grace.
Christopher Lehmann-Haupt The New York Times Provocative.
Dick Allen The Hudson Review Entertaining and provocative....Long overdue — a pioneering look at what other cultural observers have ignored....Disch convinces us that any cultural study of our century which does not deal seriously with the genre is or will be fatally flawed.
Robert Taylor The Boston Globe A provocative and enjoyable book.
Robert Sheckley San Francisco Chronicle Sharp, provocative....More than just a history, Disch gives us a sense of the events and moods that are so much a part of science-fiction....[Disch] has covered the vital aspects of the field in a highly readable book.
Michael Jacobs USA Today Fascinating.