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Science-fiction & fantasy literature: a critical list with discussions.

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Standard Disclaimer:

This is a brief discussion of George MacDonald and, of course, of some speculative-fiction books by MacDonald.

This discussion and list does not necessarily include every book by MacDonald: it includes only those books that I both know and like. Just as with the author list itself, omission of a particular item may mean I didn’t think highly enough of the omitted item, or it may simply mean that I have not yet sufficient familiarity with it. (In a very few cases, I have listed some books merely on the strength of my opinion of the author: all such books are clearly marked below, as throughout these lists, with a hash mark (#) before the title so you know what’s what.)

I don’t pretend that this discussion is a deep analysis. My intent is no more than to give you a rough idea of what kinds of tales MacDonald tells, how those tales are usually told, and what makes them and MacDonald worthy; in sum, to help you rank George MacDonald (and the works by MacDonald listed here) on your personal literary “to do” list.


A Few Words About George MacDonald

Regrettably, I have not yet had an opportunity to write an essay on this author, but the “Other Resources” section below will lead you to some information about the ”Notable Books” listed farther down this page.

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Other George MacDonald Resources

George MacDonald Resources on the Web

MacDonald now being seen as a major writer (and theologian), there is no shortage of material about him on the web; indeed, there are not only pages but several wholly dedicated web sites. The foremost would probably be the site The Golden Key, but there are also: George MacDonald & Michael Phillips (Phillips supposedly helped “revive” interest in MacDonald’s work); The George MacDonald Informational Web; and Father of the Inklings.

Besides those dedicated sites, there are several useful pages: George MacDonald on the Victorian Web; the George Macdonald page at the American Chesterton Society site; a MacDonald page at Wheaton College; and an essay, “The Childlike in George MacDonald and C. S. Lewis”, at Dr. Donald King’s C. S. Lewis site.

In addition, there is a periodical, North Wind: A Journal of George MacDonald Studies.

There are also numerous brief biographies and individual book reviews, few or none of which add much, if anything, to what the links above provide.

And there is an interesting page displaying—and linking to larger versions of—numerous portraits of George MacDonald.

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George MacDonald Resources In Print

As with the web, there are many possibilities. Here are a few:

That list is merely indicative, not by any means exhaustive; you can find some other MacDonald-related titles at the Questia site.

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Notable Science-Fiction and Fantasy Books by George MacDonald ****

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