Essential SF: A Concise Guide by Jonathan Cowie and Tony Chester

Sep 5, 20:26 by IROSF
Thread for the discussion of Essential SF, or Greg Beatty's review.

The article is here.
Oct 3, 04:44 by Daniel M. Kimmel
Have to agree with the assessment with regard to oversights. Those are some major omissions.

A work such as this should offer some critical judgement and not just the popularity contests. Award lists are fun as a takeoff for discussion but shouldn't be confused with ultimate statements of quality.

As a film critic I tell people the list of Oscar winners can be useful, but you're going to miss an awful lot of good films that way, often ones better than what actually won.
   

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