The History of Science Fiction 4 out of 5based on
More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure who wrote the vitriolic review published above, but as a high school English teacher who has long used SF in her classroom, I found Miller's book to be a welcome resource. Far from being rife with inaccuracies (and the reviewer names none), it is generally right on the mark. Rather than disparage SF's predictions of the future, Miller carefully explains the many different ways in which SF has done this--something I've not seen discussed anywhere else. There is a good section on SF for young readers as well as on SF written by women. There are also well-thought-out chapters on SF in the movies and other media, the great themes and ideas and even a chapter devoted to defining just what science fiction is. I don't mind at all that most of the references aren't more recent than the early 90s--this is, after all, a HISTORY of science fiction, not a review of current literature. I particularly like the writing, which does not talk down to its young readers. Only the illustrations are disappointing, but good examples of classic SF art are not difficult to find elsewhere. All in all, I give the book an unreserved thumbs up.