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<i>Sense of Wonder: A Century of Science Fiction</i>

Originally posted by steve_mollmann at <i>Sense of Wonder: A Century of Science Fiction</i>
I was quite surprised today to find this waiting for me in my mailbox at school:

It's a honking big book, just slightly smaller than an 8.5x11 sheet of paper, and 991 pages long.  And with small, small print.  It features a ton of sf stories, going back to Samuel Butler and Mary Shelley, and up to Charles Stross and Robert Sawyer, plus a variety of essays on all things sf.  It's supposed to be the ideal all-in-one sf textbook, edited by a man who frequently teaches sf courses but can't find a textbook that does everything he wants.

Of course, Sense of Wonder features my own small contribution, "Space Travel in Science Fiction," a short essay that does exactly what it says on the tin, providing an overview that goes from Verne and Wells up to the mundane sf movement and sneaks in mentions of as many of my favorite sf stories as possible.  (So pleased to get the "Surface Tension" mention in there!)  You can tell how much of a whopper this book is from the fact that my 12-page double-spaced, 3,200-word essay fits neatly into a two-page spread.

The book looks good, and maybe someday I'll teach a class where this book would be an appropriate text!