The Dreams Our Stuff Is Made of: How Science Fiction Conquered the World (Paperback)
How Science Fiction Conquered the World
Free Press, 9780684859781, 272pp.
Publication Date: July 1, 2000
An illuminating look at the art of science fiction (with a practitioner's insight into craft), as well as a work of pointed literary and cultural criticism, "The Dreams Our Stuff Is Made Of" reveals how this "pulp genre" has captured the popular imagination while transforming the physical and social world in which we live.
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Praise For The Dreams Our Stuff Is Made of: How Science Fiction Conquered the World…
The New York Times
Disch is an eloquent storyteller and polemicist....[His] book is consistently rewarding.
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.
The Washington Post
Witty, urbane and generous....Thomas M. Disch has got it right.
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.
[Disch speaks] for the entire genre with admirable authority and grace.
The New York Times
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.
The Boston Globe
A provocative and enjoyable book.
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.