For the month of May we have lowered the e-book list price of all four Modern Masters of Science Fiction titles in the University of Illinois Press catalog to $2.99.
Greg Egan by Karen Burnham
Greg Egan publishes works that challenge readers with rigorous, deeply-informed scientific speculation. A working physicist and engineer, Karen Burnham is uniquely positioned to provide the first in-depth study of Egan’s science-heavy oeuvre. She traces the author’s career from his early short stories through novels like Permutation City and Schild’s Ladder and the Hugo Award-winning novella “Oceanic.” Buy the Kindle version here. Buy the Kobo version here. Buy the Google Play version here.
Gregory Benford by George Slusser
Like many other current science fiction writers, Benford has tackled the major genres: space travel, time travel, technology running amok, prolonged longevity, searing apocalyptic cosmic events, and alien life, which he theorizes to be more likely viral than intelligent. An astrophysicist by training and profession, Benford has published more than twenty novels, over one hundred short stories, some fifty essays, and myriad articles that display both his scientific rigor as well as a recognition of literary traditions. In this study, George Slusser explores the extraordinary, seemingly inexhaustible display of creative energy in Gregory Benford’s life and work. Buy the Kindle version here. Buy the Kobo version here. Buy the Google Play version here.
William Gibson by Gary Westfahl
The leading figure in the development of cyberpunk, William Gibson (born in 1948) crafted works in which isolated humans explored near-future worlds of ubiquitous and intrusive computer technology and cybernetics. This volume is the first comprehensive examination of the award-winning author of the seminal novel Neuromancer (and the other books in the Sprawl trilogy, Count Zero and Mona Lisa Overdrive), as well as other acclaimed novels including recent bestsellers Pattern Recognition, Spook Country, and Zero History. Renowned scholar Gary Westfahl draws upon extensive research to provide a compelling account of Gibson’s writing career and his lasting influence in the science fiction world. Buy the Kindle version here. Buy the Kobo version here. Buy the Google Play version here.
John Brunner by Jad Smith
Under his own name and numerous pseudonyms, John Brunner (1934–1995) was one of the most prolific and influential science fiction authors of the late twentieth century. During his exemplary career, the British author wrote with a stamina matched by only a few other great science fiction writers and with a literary quality of even fewer, importing modernist techniques into his novels and stories and probing every major theme of his generation: robotics, racism, drugs, space exploration, technological warfare, and ecology. In this first intensive review of Brunner’s life and works, Jad Smith carefully demonstrates how Brunner’s much-neglected early fiction laid the foundation for his classic Stand on Zanzibar and other major works. Buy the Kindle version here. Buy the Kobo version here. Buy the Google Play version here.