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Aliens (World of Science Fiction)

Hamilton, John

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ISBN 10: 1596799862 / ISBN 13: 9781596799868
Published by Abdo Pub Co, 2006
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Title: Aliens (World of Science Fiction)

Publisher: Abdo Pub Co

Publication Date: 2006

Book Condition:Good

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Examines the legends and folklore surrounding aliens from other worlds, and discusses their appearances in literature, motion pictures, and video games.

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Grade 4–6—These three volumes vary widely in quality, but will give fledgling fans a quick grounding in SF basics. Cogently noting that many authors have created aliens as stand-ins for humanity in order to treat controversial topics (Ursula LeGuin's The Left Hand of Darkness is properly cited as an archetypal example), Hamilton presents well-chosen instances from stories and films of creatures both friendly and hostile, then closes with a reference to SETI. In Final Frontier, the author offers a sketchy history of space opera that mentions Dan Simmons and Alastair Reynolds, but leaves out the better-known likes of Ben Bova, C. J. Cherryh, and Lois McMaster Bujold, and in Modern Masters, he profiles a dozen authors—but all are primarily writers for adults, and all, except for British-born Neil Gaiman (who's better known for fantasy anyway), are American. Each title is profusely illustrated with cover shots, film posters, and melodramatic paintings; each one lacks any leads to further sources of information. Aside from a reference to Octavia Butler's death early in 2006, the information is at least a full year behind. Still, the flashy format will attract less-able readers, and as fodder for brief reports, these titles make good complements to Ron Miller's The History of Science Fiction (Watts, 2001).—John Peters, New York Public Library
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