book cover of In Search of Wonder

In Search of Wonder

(1996)
Essays on Modern Science Fiction
A non fiction book by

 
 
A classic must-have for all readers and writers of science fiction!

Damon Knight effectively invented science fiction criticism. His reviews were not mere statements of his personal preferences - his skillful essays analyzed the books and told why they were good or bad, to the edification of readers, the delight of good writers, and the embarrassment of bad ones.

In this unique critical study of science fiction, Mr. Knight works on the principle that science fiction is a form of literature which needs no apologies and no special dispensations: it can and should be judged by the same high standards that apply to all literature. His incisive and knowing criticism covers the field brilliantly, from "Classics" to "Chuckleheads."

Readers will delight in his laser-sharp thoughts on favorite books, and writers will find his criqitues of the classics invaluable in improving their own craft.

This expanded Third Edition is 150,000 words, up from 120,000 in the 1967 Second Edition, and double the length of the 1956 First Edition.

This new edition adds a chapter of autobiography, articles on writing and teaching science fiction, and other fascinating essays. Even if you already have the first or second editions, you should consider getting this edition simply for the new material, which includes: Chapter 1: Myself When Young [autobiographical]; Chap. 13: The Excluded Data [about Charles Fort]; Chap. 29: Milford and Clarion; Chap. 30: Science and the World; Chap. 31: What Is Science Fiction, Anyway?; Chap. 32: Writing Science Fiction; a major expansion of Chapter 5, discussing John W. Campbell, Jr.; and other additions and emendations.
Table of Contents

Introduction by Anthony Boucher
Author's Notes
Myself When Young
Critics
The Classics
Chuckleheads
Campbell and His Decade
Cosmic Jerrybuilder: A. E. van Vogt
Half-Bad Writers
One Sane Man: Robert A. Heinlein
Asimov and Empire
More Chuckleheads
When I Was in Kneepants: Ray Bradbury
The Vorpal Pen: Theodore Sturgeon
The Excluded Data: Charles Fort
Microcosmic Moskowitz
Anthologies
Half Loaves
Genius to Order: Kuttner and Moore
Kornbluth and the Silver Lexicon
The Jagged Blade: James Blish
Overalls on Parnassus: Fletcher Pratt
Amphibians
New Stars
Curiosa
br-r-r!
Decadents
Britons
Pitfalls and Dead Ends
Symbolism
Milford and Clarion
Science and the World
What Is Science Fiction, Anyway?
Writing Science Fiction
What next
Bibliography
Index

Knight has long been a pithy and insightful commentator on science fiction, and the new material - written mostly a decade or more ago--alters that description in neither jot nor tittle ... his book is the perfect companion to your collection of favorites.
- Analog


Get it on Google Play

Similar books by other authors


Used availability for Damon Knight's In Search of Wonder

Hardback Editions

December 1996 : USA Hardback

Title: In Search of Wonder: Essays on Modern Science Fiction
Author(s): Damon Francis Knight
ISBN: 0-911682-31-7 / 978-0-911682-31-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Advent Pub Inc
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


June 1967 : USA Hardback
thumb

Title: In Search of Wonder: Essays on Modern Science Fiction
Author(s): Damon Knight
ISBN: 0-911682-07-4 / 978-0-911682-07-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Advent Pub Inc
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Paperback Editions

October 2016 : Paperback
thumb

Title: In Search of Wonder: essays on modern science fiction
Author(s): Damon Knight
ISBN: 1-5398-3369-0 / 978-1-5398-3369-7
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


June 1967 : USA Paperback
thumb

Title: In Search of Wonder
Author(s): Damon Francis Knight
ISBN: 0-911682-15-5 / 978-0-911682-15-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Advent Pub Inc
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

November 2014 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumb

Title: In Search of Wonder
Author(s): Damon Knight
Publisher: Advent Publishers
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


October 2013 : UK Kindle edition
thumb

Title: In Search of Wonder: Essays on Modern Science Fiction
Author(s): Damon Knight
Publisher: Gateway
Availability: Amazon UK