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This is a brief discussion of Vincent Starrett and, of course, of some speculative-fiction books by Starrett.
This discussion and list does not necessarily include every book by Starrett: 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 Starrett tells, how those tales are usually told, and what makes them and Starrett worthy; in sum, to help you rank Vincent Starrett (and the works by Starrett listed here) on your personal literary “to do” list.
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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First off, there is Ray Betzner’s dedicated Starrett site Studies in Starrett (a pun on the title of a famous Sherlock Holmes story—Starrett was a big Holmes fancier who contributed much to Holmesiana). Next off…there is essentially nothing—at least about his fantastic tales (though there are countless articles on his Holmesian works, and some on his crime fiction). Sorry, but that&rquo;s it.
There are at least a few (this omits collected essays by Starrett himself):
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