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A Conversation larger than the Universe is an exhibition that will be on view at The Grolier Club in New York City from 25 January 2018 through 10 March 2018. A Conversation larger than the Universe is a history of science fiction in seventy literary artefacts and a highly personal tour through the bookshelves of Henry Wessells. The books (many signed or inscribed by their A Conversation larger than the Universe is an exhibition that will be on view at The Grolier Club in New York City from 25 January 2018 through 10 March 2018. A Conversation larger than the Universe is a history of science fiction in seventy literary artefacts and a highly personal tour through the bookshelves of Henry Wessells. The books (many signed or inscribed by their authors), magazines, manuscripts, letters, and artwork date from the mid-eighteenth century to the present and will allow the viewer to explore the ideas and people that have defined the literatures of the fantastic, from Mary Shelley and H. G. Wells to Philip K. Dick, Joanna Russ, James Tiptree, Jr., and William Gibson, as well as works by W. H. Hudson, Richard Jefferies, and others not so widely known today. Beginning with the origins of science fiction in the Gothic, this Conversation contemplates topics such as the End of the World (and After), Imaginary Voyages, Dystopia, Women Authors, Literary Innovation, Humor, the Sixties, Rock n Roll, Cyberpunk, Steampunk, and what's happening in science fiction and the fantastic right now. The exhibition adopts a broad description of Science Fiction encompassing Fantasy and Horror as well as bibliography and scholarship in the field. Foreword by John Crowley. Henry Wessells is an antiquarian bookseller in New York City and author of Another green world (2003) and Extended Range (2015). A frequent contributor to The New York Review of Science Fiction, his work has appeared in Nature, Lady Churchills Rosebud Wristlet, Wormwood, Interzone, The Washington Post Book World, and other publications. He is also editor and bibliographer of American science fiction author Avram Davidson.


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A Conversation larger than the Universe is an exhibition that will be on view at The Grolier Club in New York City from 25 January 2018 through 10 March 2018. A Conversation larger than the Universe is a history of science fiction in seventy literary artefacts and a highly personal tour through the bookshelves of Henry Wessells. The books (many signed or inscribed by their A Conversation larger than the Universe is an exhibition that will be on view at The Grolier Club in New York City from 25 January 2018 through 10 March 2018. A Conversation larger than the Universe is a history of science fiction in seventy literary artefacts and a highly personal tour through the bookshelves of Henry Wessells. The books (many signed or inscribed by their authors), magazines, manuscripts, letters, and artwork date from the mid-eighteenth century to the present and will allow the viewer to explore the ideas and people that have defined the literatures of the fantastic, from Mary Shelley and H. G. Wells to Philip K. Dick, Joanna Russ, James Tiptree, Jr., and William Gibson, as well as works by W. H. Hudson, Richard Jefferies, and others not so widely known today. Beginning with the origins of science fiction in the Gothic, this Conversation contemplates topics such as the End of the World (and After), Imaginary Voyages, Dystopia, Women Authors, Literary Innovation, Humor, the Sixties, Rock n Roll, Cyberpunk, Steampunk, and what's happening in science fiction and the fantastic right now. The exhibition adopts a broad description of Science Fiction encompassing Fantasy and Horror as well as bibliography and scholarship in the field. Foreword by John Crowley. Henry Wessells is an antiquarian bookseller in New York City and author of Another green world (2003) and Extended Range (2015). A frequent contributor to The New York Review of Science Fiction, his work has appeared in Nature, Lady Churchills Rosebud Wristlet, Wormwood, Interzone, The Washington Post Book World, and other publications. He is also editor and bibliographer of American science fiction author Avram Davidson.

35 review for A Conversation Larger than the Universe: Readings in Science Fiction and the Fantastic 1762–2017

  1. 4 out of 5

    Todd

    Books about books tend to take me a bit longer to read. I end up writing down titles and authors, or hopping on the computer to seek out the books discussed. Henry Wessells' book had me doing this more than most other books about books. Two of my favorite genres include Science Fiction and Fantasy. These genres (esp. SF) were Wessells focus. A Conversation Larger than the Universe focused on Wessells' personal Sci-Fi/Fantasy collection. Titles and authors dating as far back as the 18th century a Books about books tend to take me a bit longer to read. I end up writing down titles and authors, or hopping on the computer to seek out the books discussed. Henry Wessells' book had me doing this more than most other books about books. Two of my favorite genres include Science Fiction and Fantasy. These genres (esp. SF) were Wessells focus. A Conversation Larger than the Universe focused on Wessells' personal Sci-Fi/Fantasy collection. Titles and authors dating as far back as the 18th century are discussed between its covers. For a period, Wessells was a bookseller. Based on the contents of this book, it's easy to guess that he specialized in the two genres at hand. Many of the authors and books discussed I either have read or own in one edition (paperback/hardback) or the other. However, there were a few Wessells discussed that I had either not heard of, or had heard of but had not read or collected yet. For this reason, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Wessells knowledge of these genres is staggering. I'm envious of not only the breath and depth of his knowledge, but of his collection of books as well. If you read and/or collect Sci-fi/fantasy, and you have not encountered this book. I highly recommend it.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Simon

    An erudite examination of speculative fiction that pins together a history of the genre via a route less frequently taken. An excellent work.

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