Reviews: Bretnor, Reginald

Yesterday’s Tomorrows: the Symposium!

Science Fiction, Today and Tomorrow: A Discursive Symposium — Reginald Bretnor

Judging by the poll on my Livejournal, poor Reginald Bretnor is well on his way to the obscurity that awaits most of us. I remember him, not for his fiction or for the Future at War MilSF anthologies he edited (although, hrm, I do own them), but for non-fiction books like this one: 1974’s Science Fiction, Today and Tomorrow: A Discursive Symposium. He also compiled Modern Science Fiction: Its Meaning and Its Future (1953)and The Craft of Science Fiction: A Symposium on Writing Science Fiction and Science Fantasy (1976)1.

Parts of this collection provide an interesting snapshot of science fiction forty-odd years ago. Other parts, um, well ….

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