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Great Science-Fiction & Fantasy Works

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

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“A larger group, of some status, was coming into view behind them.”

– Little, Big,
John Crowley

Those of us who operate web sites do so for many diverse reasons. But each of us must necessarily be pleased when others in the field we essay to speak of have kind words for our efforts.

NOTE! As this links list was assembled over a decade ago, a lot of the pages cited have disappeared; I have sought archival versions via The Wayback Machine, and have found most (which are so noted in the list below). A few, however, evaded archiving, so you’ll just have to take my word that I am quoting and citing those honestly.

Here are some of which I am particularly proud because of whence they came:

“I enjoyed the essay. I wish I’d had readers as intelligent when the Viriconium sequence was being written & published…I think you’ve provided a genuine insight into the Viriconium novels.”

M. John Harrison [private email)

“A very nice overview of Jonathan’s Work….”

the official Jonathan Carroll Web Site

“A cool site that performs the invaluable service of providing concise analysis for the works it lists. Nicely organized.”

Jeff VanderMeer [private email)

“Containing an excellent review of the Titus books.”

Langdon Jones [Mervyn Peake’s editor on Peake’s third and last “Titus” novel]

“A thoughtful essay on Lafferty…extended my understanding in many directions.”

The Remarkable Science Fiction of Cordwainer Smith [by Rosana Hart, daughter of Paul Linebarger aka “Cordwainer Smith”]

“A rational and balanced assessment of the Titus books….”

Peake Studies [by G. Peter Winnington, author of Mervyn Peake’s Vast Alchemies and of The Voice of the Heart, a study of the working of Peake’s imagination.]

But these too we deeply cherish:

“An excellent site with critical analyses of science fiction and fantasy works.”
   —SF Lovers (archived)

“Dedicated to presenting standout sf and fantasy works, along with a dose of critical discussion and many valuable lists…”
   —SciFi.com (archived)

“A magisterial literary guide to sf/f…what’s there makes for fascinating and thought-provoking reading… the site would be worthwhile for its splendid Apologia alone. Keep an eye on this one.”
   —Pegasus Nest (archived)

“Then there’s Great Science Fiction and Fantasy Works. And it’s immediately obvious that someone has done a hell of a lot of work. And that someone wants you to reap the benefit in the most fruitful possible way.”
   —Grumpy Old Bookman

“When I’m looking for information on the web, I’m often very pleased indeed when I find honest-to-god opinions, articulated clearly and directly. I can disagree with them, mull them over, compare them against my own and others’, and overall the general discourse moves forward. Great Science Fiction and Fantasy is chock-full of bold opinions about specfic essentials, classics, great authors, and favorites. Great introductory material to some seminal works.”
   —the “widdershins” blog (archived)

“This is a site dedicated to the best of science fiction and fantasy—not cowboy stories set in outer space, but books with great literary merit apart from their exotic scenarios.”
   —Mary Wisniewski, Chicago Sun-Times, October 23, 2004 (now only available behind a pay wall)

“Great site!”
   —About: Sci-Fi / Fantasy (archived)

“Mind you, the discussion itself is worth having. It’s invigorating. Good criticism makes you think about what you read and what you like and why; good positive criticism makes you feel what’s valuable in what you read and what you like, and therefore may be of a higher order of writing…the Great Science-Fiction & Fantasy Works site provides inspiration and direction.”
   —Hochelaga Depicta (a blog)

“Eric Walker’s website is called Great Science-Fiction & Fantasy Works and means to be very comprehensive. Of note, Walker’s comments are interesting and he writes well.”
   —The Digital Eel (blog)

“Great Science-Fiction & Fantasy Works has been my reference site for nearly ten years now. The content is by Eric Walker and while his taste is much more literate than mine, I’ve always found his thoughts on books to be refreshing and always helpful.”
   —Pieces on Speculative Fiction—SF for smart people (blog) (cannot recover even via The Wayback Machine)

“Lists of must-have books for a basic SF library, overlooked gems, etc.”
   —Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America web site (archived)

“What makes this site outstanding is [its] careful analytical approach to reading…This site is also a great reference site. Recommended to people who really love literature and literary history.”
   —Scifan: Jim’s Logs (archived)

“[A] good bit more discriminating than most sites.”
   —Ken Holt (Ken’s WebSampler, Science Fiction & Fantasy) (archived)

“I can wholeheartedly recommend rummaging through ‘Great Science Fiction & Fantasy Works’ for a thorough review of books which are first and foremost good books and secondly SF or F.”
   —Oliver Beckstein (“Me, Not at Work”)

“…a wonderful entry in Great Works Of Science-Fiction And Fantasy by the delightful, witty, erudite and comprehensive Eric Walker of Owlcroft House.”
   —Karl Kotas

“Amazingly annotated….More than just lists with minor commentary, this site provides detailed information about the authors, analysis of the books and author style, explanations about the genre’s popularity, and more…The site is very extensive and could take hours to fully explore.
   —American Public Library Topics – An Annotated Bibliography,
     Spring 2005 Public Libraries Seminar, School of Information and Library Science,
     University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
(a PDF file) (archived)

“SF for the literati”
   —New Zealand SF Index

“The most helpful literature site I’ve ever bumped into…”
   —reader post, Gramophone Magazine online (archived)

“[I]t is clearly intended for elite readers of literature.”
   —Fuller (N.H.) Public Library (archived)

“Very nice!”
   —Fantastic Literature Limited (archived)

“Extremely interesting and well worth the time and effort to visit…Strongly recommended for all.”
   —Fictional Worlds (archived)

“…worth the time both as a reader or a writer!”
   —Alan Brooker (author) (archived)

“A site I find extremely interesting and well worth the time and effort to visit. You’ll find plenty of very interesting discussions and views of F/SF along with a pretty extensive list of links…. The pages are pretty fast-loading and have plenty to read. Strongly recommended for all.”
   —Galaraf/Fictional Worlds

“For bookfans, worth bookmarking.”
   —Anitra’s Reviews (archived)

“An excellent resource site for everything science fiction and fantasy.”
   —Legends of Mernac (archived)

“…well worth browsing…”
   —Coalescent (“Niall’s Great Big List O’ Links”)

“The author list can be quite helpful.”
   —William C. Robinson (A Few Thoughts on the Fantasy Genre) (archived)

“This is an amazingly complete site….”
   —The MT Void (Mt. Holz Science Fiction Society)

“…offers literate thoughts on [Lewis] Carroll’s work.”
   —Literary History (archived)

“An interesting overview of [E. R.] Eddison’s great works of fantasy.”
   —Negative Space

“‘A Few Words About Jack Vance’, a big and fun to read essay.”
   —Vance Integral Edition (archived)

“The short version of my point? Go to the GSF&FW website for quality science fiction and fantasy book selections.”
   —Digital Bits

“Eric Walker’s website is not for the faint of heart. It has no images, no photos, no flash. What you have is lots of words, lots and lots of text written in an intelligent, insightful and totally interesting way. Great Science Fiction & Fantasy Works is one of those pearls hidden in the sediment of the net.” [As translated from Portugese by Google.]
   —Càmara Obscura (cannot recover even via The Wayback Machine)

“Good site reviewing SF from a literary standpoint.”
   —James Jones [open dropdowns on page] (archived)

“A really good article about R.A.Lafferty.”
   —Another Country

“Are you a fan of Fantasy & Science Fiction? Me too. You should check out the Great Science Fiction and Fantasy Works site.”
   —Funmurphys: the blog

“Great Science Fiction & Fantasy Works begins very politely with a detailed welcome and a two-page apologia, which explains the criteria used by the author to evaluate literary works. An interesting and helpful essay, which I printed out for better study and which alone is worth visiting for.” [As translated from German by Google.]
   —Golem Fantasyblog (cannot recover even via The Wayback Machine)

“[A] guide to the better sort of fantastical fiction.”
   —Emerald City

“In-depth analytical discussion on many of John Bellairs’s works.”
   —The Compleat Bellairs (archived)

“[A] very interesting page devoted to Ernest Bramah…”
   —Ernest Bramah News

“A small but excellent list of [Ray Bradbury] resources…”
   —Epdf: Post-war Literature, 1945-1970

“Good discussion and review of Peake’s work.”
   —Gormenghast Castle (archived)

“…terrific site about L. Frank Baum.”
   —Jim’s Wizard of Oz Website (archived)

“A brief but interesting consideration of the philosophical and logical wordgames that underpin Carroll’s texts.”
   —Looking For Lewis Carroll (cannot recover even via The Wayback Machine)

“[H]as an interesting entry on Mervyn Peake.”
   —The Official Website of Mervyn Peake (archived)

“…details the fantastical elements in Borges’ writing.”
   —The Garden of Forking Paths (archived)

“[A] worthwhile read.”
   —The R. A. Lafferty Devotional Site

“A discussion of Cabell and his place within the science fiction and fantasy genres.”
   —The James Branch Cabell Library at Virginia Commonwealth University (cannot recover even via The Wayback Machine)

“The site deals with literary criticism and discussions on literary quality and qualities of artists and writers in the genre. Is not too low or too high, that is in the middle. Nice visit, and has some good tools to criticism.” [As translated from Hebrew by Google.]
   —Raven reading – February, Israeli Society for Science Fiction & Fantasy (Google translation)

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