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Malcolm Edwards

Autor(a) de Realms of Fantasy

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About the Author

Obras por Malcolm Edwards

Associated Works

Minority Report (1953) — Introdução, algumas edições591 exemplares
The Mammoth Book of Time Travel SF (2013) — Contribuidor — 167 exemplares
Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (1978) — Contribuidor — 128 exemplares
Interzone: The 1st Anthology (1985) — Autor — 73 exemplares
This Way to the End Times: Classic Tales of the Apocalypse (2016) — Contribuidor — 48 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Nome legal
Edwards, Malcolm John
Data de nascimento
University of Cambridge
Orion Books
Prémios e menções honrosas
British Book Award (Imprint and Editor of the Year, 1996)
BSFA Awards (Best Short Fiction, 1983)

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Malcolm John Edwards (born 1949) is a British editor and critic in the science fiction field.



Sci-Fi Classics Art Book em Name that Book (Agosto 2010)


I first saw this 1979 art collection in the early 1980s at school as an early teen. I couldn't recall the title until some helpful folks here on LT helped me figure it out, then I was able to snag a copy via inter-library loan to have another look at it these thirty years later. I remembered it better than I thought, although I'd mistakenly believed Majipoor was one of the features.

It begins with a well-written introduction by someone who loves the genre, giving a fair overview of the history and categorizations for science fiction settings, contrasting them with fantasy, and listing the ways in which invented worlds can serve a story. There are many more cited examples than the ones featured in this book. One of the last citations is from George R. R. Martin, which stands as testament to his work long before Game of Thrones existed.

The rest of the volume presents a sampling of invented worlds, each portrayed with three enormous paintings that focus on evoking the setting. As a young teenager I was most swept up by the images of worlds I wasn't yet familiar with: the Okie Cities grabbed my imagination, Hothouse looks wonderfully bizarre (is this artist a Salvador Dali protégé?), and Mesklin is intriguing. For the worlds I was familiar with I had a harder time digesting the clash with my own imagination, especially the renderings of Pern. I've seen more stirring images of Arrakis but these are still good. All of those impressions held on my revisit these many years later, although I've since gotten to know James Blish's work. Brian Aldiss and Hal Clement, you're next.

Reading about Rama made little impression on me, but the images here do a lot to evoke its scale and wonder; more than the novel did. Eros and Trantor unfortunately aren't conveyed with much impact. Ringworld was made interesting enough to get me to read Larry Niven, but doesn't seem as impressive now. The futuristic rendering of The Time Machine makes no sense to me, given the era it was constructed in.

Considerable text accompanies the images, presented as a sort of travel guide that describes the major features and a bit of the workings for each world. There's no plot spoilers, although the identifying of certain elements and places does convey what each story will cover.

I'm glad to have reviewed this treasure and compare my impressions now to then, but I don't find myself desiring a copy. You can google up the best images from this book without having to look for it now, and reading the novels is always a better introduction than an invented tour guide which can only summarize from them. But as an indicator of must-visit science fiction it's not entirely a bad place to start (it certainly helped teenage me), and it can definitely stir the imagination.
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Cecrow | 1 outra crítica | Jul 19, 2017 |
ShelleyAlberta | 1 outra crítica | Jun 4, 2016 |
This book is about as idiosyncratic as it is possible for a book to be; at least they are up front with it on the actual front cover. It is one of those books that if you are in a hurry to do anything, don't pick it up.
Barry_Holtslander | Sep 22, 2012 |
A story about the state of the world, as seen in a London suburb being slowly encroached upon by...destruction.
AlanPoulter | Feb 6, 2012 |



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