Reviews of Books

Nicholas Ruddick


Review of Peter J. Beck, The War of the Worlds: From H.G. Wells to Orson Welles, Jeff Wayne, Steven Spielberg & beyond, in Science Fiction Studies 44.2 (2017), pp. 365-68.


Review of Will Abberley, English Fiction and the Evolution of Language, 1850-1914, in Review 19 (4 February 2017) http://www.nbol-19.org/view_doc.php?index=469


Review essay, “Unheimlich Maneuvers,” on Matthew Beaumont, The Spectre of Utopia: Utopian and Science Fictions at the Fin de Siècle; and Simon J. James, Maps of Utopia: H.G. Wells, Modernity, and the End of Culture, in Science Fiction Studies 40.1 (March 2013), pp. 157-62.  https://www.depauw.edu/sfs/review_essays/ruddick119.html


Review of Brian Boyd, On the Origin of Stories: Evolution, Cognition, and Fiction, in Arcadia: International Journal of Literary Culture [Berlin] 47.1 (July 2012), pp. 206-10.


Review of James de Mille, A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder (1888), ed. Daniel Burgoyne, in Science Fiction Studies 39.2 (July 2012), pp. 333-36.  https://www.depauw.edu/sfs/birs/bir117.html#demille


Review of Honoré de Balzac (as “Horace de Saint-Aubin”), The Centenarian: or, The Two Beringhelds (1822), trans. and eds. Danièle Chatelain and George Slusser, in Science Fiction Studies 36.2 (July 2009), pp. 350-52. https://www.depauw.edu/sfs/birs/bir108.htm


Review essay, “An Unsuitable Memorial,” on Leon Stover, ed., Things to Come: A Critical Text of the 1935 London First Edition. By H.G. Wells [The Annotated H.G. Wells 9], in Science Fiction Studies 35.1 (March 2008), pp. 121-26. https://www.depauw.edu/sfs/review_essays/ruddick104.htm


Review of H.G. Wells, Star Begotten: A Biological Fantasia, ed. John Huntington, in Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts 17.4 (Winter 2007), pp. 398-401.


Review of Paul K. Alkon, Winston Churchill’s Imagination, in Science Fiction Studies 34.3 (November 2007), pp. 489-92. https://www.depauw.edu/sfs/birs/bir103.htm#alkon


Review of John S. Partington, Building Cosmopolis: The Political Thought of H.G. Wells, in Science Fiction Studies 33.3 (November 2006): 541-43. https://www.depauw.edu/sfs/birs/bir100.htm#partington


Review of of Peter Fitting, ed., Subterranean Worlds: A Critical Anthology, in Utopian Studies 17.1 (2006), pp. 228-31.


Review essay, “Annotations, Appendices, Adaptations: Recent Work on H.G. Wells’s Scientific Romances,” on Martin A. Danahay, ed., The War of the Worlds; Darren Harris-Fain, intro., The Island of Dr. Moreau; and Thomas C. Renzi, H.G. Wells: Six Scientific Romances Adapted for Film, 2nd ed., in Science Fiction Studies 32.2 (July 2005), pp. 316-22. https://www.depauw.edu/sfs/review_essays/ruddick96.htm


Review of Martin Horstkotte, The Postmodern Fantastic in Contemporary British Fiction, in Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts 16.1 (2005), pp. 75-78.


Review of W. Warren Wagar, H.G. Wells: Traversing Time, in Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts 15.2 (Spring 2005), pp. 179-81.


Review of George Slusser, Patrick Parrinder, and Danièle Chatelain, eds., H.G. Wells’s Perennial TIME MACHINE, in Science Fiction Studies 29.2 (July 2002), pp. 291-93. https://www.depauw.edu/sfs/birs/bir87.htm


Review of Edmund J. Smyth, ed. Jules Verne: Narratives of Modernity, in Utopian Studies 12.2 (2001), pp. 387-89.


Review of Karen Sayer & John Moore, eds., Science Fiction, Critical Frontiers, in Utopian Studies 12.1 (2001), pp. 248-50.


Review of Edgar L. Chapman, The Road to Castle Mount: The Science Fiction of Robert Silverberg, in Utopian Studies 12.1 (2001), pp. 160-61.


Review essay, “The Aesthetics of Descent: Recent Books on Nineteenth-Century Decadence,” on Nicholas Daly, Modernism, Romance and the Fin de Siècle; Brian Stableford, Glorious Perversity: The Decline and Fall of Literary Decadence; Liz Constable, Dennis Denisoff, and Matthew Potolsky, eds., Perennial Decay: On the Aesthetics and Politics of Decadence; Susan J. Navarette, The Shape of Fear: Horror and the Fin de Siècle Culture of Decadence; and Kelly Hurley, The Gothic Body: Sexuality, Materialism, and Degeneration at the Fin de Siècle, in Science Fiction Studies 27.3 (November 2000), pp. 478-84. https://www.depauw.edu/sfs/review_essays/ruddick82.htm


Review of Eric Jacobs, Kingsley Amis: A Biography, in Science Fiction Studies 26.1 (March 1999), pp. 129-30. https://www.depauw.edu/sfs/birs/bir77.htm#jacobs


Review essay, “Falling between Two Walls,” on Roger Luckhurst, “The Angle between Two Walls”: The Fiction of J.G. Ballard,” in Science-Fiction Studies 24.3 (November 1997), pp. 483-88. https://www.depauw.edu/sfs/reviews_pages/r73.htm


Review of Robin Anne Reid, Arthur C. Clarke: A Critical Companion, in Science-Fiction Studies 25.2 (1997), pp. 384-85. https://www.depauw.edu/sfs/birs/bir75.htm#e75


Review of John Clute, Science Fiction: The Illustrated Encyclopedia, in Utopian Studies 7.2 (1997), pp. 241-43.


Review of Robert A. Latham & Robert A. Collins, eds, Modes of the Fantastic: Selected Essays from the Twelfth International Conference of the Fantastic in the Arts, in Science-Fiction Studies 23 (1996), pp. 295-96. https://www.depauw.edu/sfs/birs/bir69.htm#I69


Review of George Slusser and Eric Rabkin, eds., Fights of Fancy: Armed Conflict in Science Fiction and Fantasy, in Utopian Studies 5.2 (1994), pp. 187-88.


Review of Geoff Ryman, The Child Garden, in Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Review Annual 1991, eds. Robert A. Collins and Robert Latham. Westport, CT & London: Greenwood Press, 1994, pp. 499-500.


Review of Philip Harbottle and Stephen Holland, Vultures of the Void: A History of British Science Fiction Publishing, 1946-1956, in Science-Fiction Studies 20.2 (July 1993), pp. 283-84. https://www.depauw.edu/sfs/birs/bir60.htm#B60


Review of J.R. Hammond, H.G. Wells and the Short Story, in SFRA Review 203 (January/February 1993), pp. 46-47. http://digital.lib.usf.edu/SFS0024513/00093/pdf


Review of Valerie Myers, George Orwell, in SFRA Review 201 (November 1992), pp. 35-36. http://digital.lib.usf.edu/SFS0024513/00091/pdf


Review of David Ketterer, Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy, in SFRA Review 199 (July/August 1992), pp. 44-46. http://digital.lib.usf.edu/SFS0024513/00089/pdf


Review of Kingsley Amis, Memoirs, in SFRA Review 198 (June 1992), pp. 22-23. http://digital.lib.usf.edu/SFS0024513/00088/pdf


Review of Gregory Stephenson, Out of the Night and Into the Dream: A Thematic Study of the Fiction of J.G. Ballard, in SFRA Review 196 (April 1992), pp. 46-47. http://digital.lib.usf.edu/SFS0024513/00086/pdf


Review of Norman Etherington, ed., The Annotated SHE: A Critical Edition of H. Rider Haggard’s Victorian Romance, in SFRA Review 195 (March 1992), pp. 31-33. http://digital.lib.usf.edu/SFS0024513/00085/pdf


Review of John J. Stinson, Anthony Burgess Revisited, in SFRA Newsletter 190 (September 1991), pp. 60-61. http://digital.lib.usf.edu/SFS0024513/00080/pdf


Review of Jean Pickering, Understanding Doris Lessing, in SFRA Newsletter 188 (June 1991), pp. 29-30. http://digital.lib.usf.edu/SFS0024513/00078/pdf

Reprinted in Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Review Annual 1991, eds. Robert A. Collins & Robert Latham. Westport, CT & London: Greenwood Press, 1994, pp. 757-58.


Review of Sebastian D.G. Knowles, A Purgatorial Flame: Seven British Writers in the Second World War, in SFRA Newsletter 187 (May 1991), pp. 29-30.

Reprinted in Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Review Annual 1991, eds. Robert A. Collins & Robert Latham. Westport, CT & London: Greenwood Press, 1994, pp. 718-19.


Review of Florence S. Boos and Carole G. Silver, eds. Socialism and the Literary Artistry of William Morris, in SFRA Newsletter 186 (April 1991), pp. 18-19. http://digital.lib.usf.edu/SFS0024513/00077/pdf

Reprinted in Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Review Annual 1991, eds. Robert A. Collins & Robert Latham. Westport, CT & London: Greenwood Press, 1994, p. 640.


Review of Brian Aldiss, Last Orders, in SFRA Newsletter 184 (January/February 1991): 46-48. http://digital.lib.usf.edu/SFS0024513/00075/pdf


Review of D.G. Compton, Scudder’s Game and Radio Plays, in SFRA Newsletter 170 (September 1989), pp. 28-30. http://digital.lib.usf.edu/SFS0024513/00062/pdf

Reprinted in Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Review Annual 1989, eds. Robert A. Collins & Robert Latham. Westport & London: Meckler, 1990, pp. 226-27.


Review essay, “Breaking out of the SF Box: Recent Studies of James Blish and Ursula K. LeGuin,” on David Ketterer, Imprisoned in a Tesseract: The Life and Work of James Blish; and Bernard Selinger, Le Guin and Identity in Contemporary Fiction, in Canadian Review of American Studies 21.1 (Summer 1990), pp. 101-06.


Review of Ian McDonald, Out on Blue Six, in SFRA Newsletter 169 (July/August 1989), pp. 49-50. http://digital.lib.usf.edu/SFS0024513/00061/pdf


Review of Ian McDonald, Empire Dreams and Desolation Road, in SFRA Newsletter 164 (January/February 1989), pp. 26-27. http://digital.lib.usf.edu/SFS0024513/00056/pdf

Reprinted in Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Review Annual 1989, eds. Robert A. Collins & Robert Latham. Westport, CT & London: Meckler, 1990, pp. 341-42.


Review of George Zebrowski, ed., The Nebula Awards 22, in SFRA Newsletter 160 (September 1988), pp. 43-45. http://digital.lib.usf.edu/SFS0024513/00052/pdf

Reprinted in Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Review Annual 1989, eds. Robert A. Collins & Robert Latham. Westport, CT & London: Meckler, 1990, pp. 460-61.


Review of Christopher Wiseman, Postcards Home: Poems New and Selected, in Wascana Review 23.1 (Spring 1988), pp. 99-102.


Review of Russell Hoban, The Medusa Frequency, in IAFA Newsletter 1.3 (Spring 1988), pp. 31-32.

Reprinted in Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Review Annual 1989, eds. Robert A. Collins & Robert Latham. Westport, CT & London: Meckler, 1988, pp. 211-12.


Review of Robert Crossley, ed., Talking Across the World: The Love Letters of Olaf Stapledon and Agnes Miller, 1913-1919, in SFRA Newsletter 156 (March 1988), pp. 15-16.

Reprinted in Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Review Annual 1989, eds. Robert A. Collins & Robert Latham. Westport, CT & London: Meckler, 1988, pp. 399-400.


Review of Ruth B. Bottigheimer, Grimms’ Bad Girls and Bold Boys: The Moral and Social Vision of the Tales, in SFRA Newsletter 156 (March 1988), pp. 12-13.

Reprinted in Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Review Annual 1989, eds. Robert A. Collins & Robert Latham. Westport, CT & London: Meckler, 1988, pp. 387-88.


Review of Barrington J. Bayley, The Rod of Light, in SFRA Newsletter 153 (November/December 1987), p. 24.

Reprinted in Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Review Annual 1989, eds. Robert A. Collins & Robert Latham. Westport, CT & London: Meckler, 1988, pp. 93-4.


Review of Brian W. Aldiss, The Year Before Yesterday, in Fantasy Review 103 (July/August 1987), p. 37.

Reprinted in Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Review Annual 1989, eds. Robert A. Collins & Robert Latham. Westport, CT & London: Meckler, 1988, p. 81.