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John Clute

Autor(a) de The Science Fiction Encyclopedia

33+ Works 2,557 Membros 38 Reviews 3 Favorited

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Obras de John Clute

The Science Fiction Encyclopedia (1993) — Editor; Associate Editor, Contributor — 687 cópias, 13 resenhas
The Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) — Editor — 513 cópias, 2 resenhas
Science Fiction: The Illustrated Encyclopedia (1995) 512 cópias, 1 resenha
Appleseed (2001) 284 cópias, 11 resenhas
Interzone: The 1st Anthology (1985) — Editor — 74 cópias
Interzone: The 2nd Anthology (1987) — Editor — 63 cópias, 1 resenha
Look at the Evidence: Essays & Reviews (1996) 60 cópias, 1 resenha
Interzone: The 3rd Anthology (1988) — Editor — 50 cópias, 1 resenha
Strokes: Essays and Reviews, 1966-1986 (1988) 43 cópias, 1 resenha
Interzone: The 4th Anthology (1983) — Editor — 42 cópias, 1 resenha
Scores: Reviews 1993 - 2003 (2003) 40 cópias, 1 resenha
Canary Fever: Reviews (2009) 26 cópias
Interzone: The 5th Anthology (1991) — Editor — 23 cópias, 1 resenha
Tesseracts 8: New Canadian Speculative Writing (2003) — Editor — 14 cópias
Stay (2014) 11 cópias
Disinheriting Party (1977) 6 cópias
Sticking to the End (2022) 5 cópias
Interzone 002 (1982) — Editor — 4 cópias, 1 resenha
Interzone 001 (1982) — Editor — 3 cópias, 2 resenhas
The Book Blinders (2024) 2 cópias
Club Story 1 exemplar(es)
Eden sounding [short fiction] 1 exemplar(es), 1 resenha
Interzone #5 Autumn 1983 1 exemplar(es)
Beyond the Pale 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

Her Smoke Rose Up Forever (1990) — Introdução, algumas edições1,253 cópias, 37 resenhas
Corum: The Coming Of Chaos (1971) — Introdução, algumas edições1,127 cópias, 11 resenhas
Hawkmoon: The History of the Runestaff (1969) — Introdução, algumas edições882 cópias, 12 resenhas
The Purple Cloud (1901) — Introdução, algumas edições678 cópias, 16 resenhas
The Shape of Things to Come (1933) — Introdução, algumas edições596 cópias, 7 resenhas
The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction (2003) — Contribuinte — 286 cópias, 4 resenhas
The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (1979) — Contribuinte — 221 cópias, 2 resenhas
Chronicles of the Lensmen, Volume 2 (1999) — Prefácio — 213 cópias
Conjunctions: 39, The New Wave Fabulists (2002) — Contribuinte — 198 cópias, 2 resenhas
General Practice: A Sector General Omnibus (2003) — Introdução — 175 cópias, 7 resenhas
Terry Pratchett: Guilty Of Literature (2000) — Contribuinte, algumas edições153 cópias, 1 resenha
The New Nature of the Catastrophe (1993) — Contribuinte — 124 cópias, 1 resenha
Nebula Awards Showcase 2013 (2013) — Contribuinte — 121 cópias, 3 resenhas
New Worlds: An Anthology (1983) — Contribuinte — 106 cópias, 3 resenhas
Nebula Awards Showcase 2002: The Year's Best SF and Fantasy (2002) — Commentary — 91 cópias, 1 resenha
Alpha 5 (1974) — Contribuinte — 74 cópias, 1 resenha
Northern Suns : The New Anthology of Canadian Science Fiction (1999) — Contribuinte — 63 cópias, 1 resenha
A New Universal History of Infamy (2004) — Prefácio, algumas edições61 cópias
The Orbit Science Fiction Yearbook: No. 2 (1989) — Contribuinte — 59 cópias
Best SF Stories from New Worlds 6 (1970) — Contribuinte — 55 cópias
Smarra and Trilby (1993) — Introdução, algumas edições54 cópias, 1 resenha
New Worlds 1 (1991) — Contribuinte — 53 cópias, 2 resenhas
New Worlds 8 (1975) — Contribuinte — 52 cópias, 2 resenhas
New Worlds 6 (1973) — Contribuinte — 51 cópias
More Tales from the "Forbidden Planet" (1990) — Contribuinte — 49 cópias
The Orbit Science Fiction Yearbook: No. 1 (1988) — Contribuinte — 49 cópias
New Worlds 5 (1973) — Contribuinte — 46 cópias
On the Overgrown Path (2006) — Introdução, algumas edições46 cópias, 6 resenhas
Snake's Hands: The Fiction of John Crowley (2003) — Contribuinte — 45 cópias, 1 resenha
Other Edens 2 (1988) — Contribuinte — 40 cópias, 2 resenhas
New Worlds 7 (1974) — Contribuinte — 38 cópias
New Worlds 3 (1993) — Contribuinte — 38 cópias
New Worlds 10 (1976) — Contribuinte — 37 cópias, 1 resenha
New Worlds 9 (1975) — Contribuinte — 33 cópias
The Cherryh Odyssey (2004) — Contribuinte — 33 cópias
The Orbit Science Fiction Yearbook: No. 3 (1990) — Contribuinte — 33 cópias
Tales in Time (1997) — Introdução — 31 cópias, 1 resenha
Drabble II: Double Century (1990) — Contribuinte — 26 cópias
The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction June 1974, Vol. 46, No. 6 (1974) — Book Reviewer, algumas edições16 cópias
Conjunctions: 67, Other Aliens (2016) — Contribuinte — 13 cópias
Alfa Vier: SF-Verhalen (1976) 12 cópias
Interzone 033 (1990) — Contribuinte — 5 cópias, 1 resenha
Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature (Volumes 1-5) (1983) — Contribuinte — 5 cópias
Interzone 034 (1990) — Editor — 5 cópias, 2 resenhas
Interzone 093 (1995) — Editor — 5 cópias, 1 resenha
Interzone 023 (1988) — Contribuinte — 4 cópias, 1 resenha
Omni Magazine March 1983 (1983) — Contribuinte — 4 cópias
Infinity plus two (2002) — Introdução — 3 cópias


Conhecimento Comum



"John read the stuff, and he read each novel and story with the same passion for squeezing out all its hermeneutical juices ("hermeneutical " is a word I picked up from John) that he would have given to texts by Pound or Eliot. He enjoyed the stuff (or he didn't, as the case may be), but he also paid it the compliment [...] of critical attention - not in the blikered, self-protective context of genre 'criticism' as it then existed, but as though science fiction were an adult citizen of the Republic of Letters, responsible for its prose and its subtexts, not permitted the classic evasion of genre hacks that they're 'only telling a story'".

Tom Disch in the introduction to "Strokes - Essays and Reviews, 1966-1986" by John Clute

After re-reading "Scores" I was just in the right mood to tackle a previous colletion of Clute's reviews.

I think that the premise that (SF) critique should be clear-cut and obvious (namely that to be experimental a writer/book reviewer needs to reject narrative/analysis) is wrong, many modernist writers were great story tellers - Faulkner, Proust, Beckett. In fact a lot of experimental works that are frequently cited as not having anything happen in them – “Catcher in the Rye”, “Waiting for Godot”, “On the Road”, actually have very carefully structured stories whose mechanics are often skillfully hidden. Ulysses as well was nothing if it wasn't a character study. Likewise a lot of more conventional novels – “Atonement” is a great example - are also very experimental. Iris Murdoch is another great example of a very conventional writer who experimented with magical realism as well as other narrative structures - she frequently involved the narrator in the story and she frequently allowed the narrator to leave or look beyond the confines of the actual story itself. Classifications like meta-modernism and traditional fiction are very useful for academics looking to explain fiction but that does not mean they exist independently of each other. I just want to say that it is fair to portray those critical of Clute's style as brainless philistines who can't be bothered learning big words. I myself love reading philosophical tracts by German philosophers in my spare time (yes, really); that doesn't mean that I am allergic to overly florid writing that wants to wear the stamp of cleverness so earnestly on its sleeve. I can stomach, nay, actually admire, playful cleverness, especially when it comes to analyse some of my favourite SF novels.

I've seen some pretty shitty SF literary critique before but it’s not Clute’s... but going for Clute’s jugular because he is using a shiny new words? People are just oafs…

SF = Speculative Fiction.
… (mais)
antao | Jul 25, 2021 |
"One fine day my friend is approached by a colleague.
- So how are things? asks the colleague.
- Pretty well. Flourishing, really.
- What are you doing these days?
- Still reviewing a great deal.
There is a pause.
- So have you any plans for the future?
- I expect to do more of the same, I suppose, says my friend.
- No, no, says the colleague, what I mean is: when do you plan to do some real work again?"

In "Scores: Re Views 1993-2003" by John Clute

We can all guess who "the friend" is, right? Now look, just because you don't understand the genius that is John Clute, don't knock it. Sure, everything he writes looks like you've dropped a box of scrabble. Nobody understands the words, because he uses words that pre-dated Christ. Just look at the pictures of himself for a clue. For all you small minded fools, Clute is giving you a clue. See the stick above his right elbow? It is his dowsing stick. I have seen him at low tide, in the early hours before sunrise, along the muddy banks of the dart 'dowsing' for words. He finds words that fell overboard from sailors ships to be lost in the thick mud. Digging them up with his bare hands. Words that have laid forgotten for “gembdiddiatcha”. The post-it notes contain random large words. Placed upon the wall in random. Every 23 words he writes, he selects one and makes Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis it the 24th word. I have it of good authority that some of those post-it notes actually belonged to WIlliam Shakespeare himself. The light bulb that is above his head? “Confliptoniationish” is an idea's bulb. When ever he needs an idea, he pulls a chord and 'Eureka.' Though I love Clute, He did sell me a word once that turned out to be a cut-n-shut, in that it was two pedestrian words cut in half and joined together. But never mind that. If you want what I mean go read some of his reviews on Gibson's "Virtual Light", Swanwick's "The Iron Dragon's Daughter", Egan's "The Permutation City", Priest's "The Prestige", etc.

Clute was one of the best things that ever happened to SF, SF-wise.
… (mais)
1 vote
antao | Jul 25, 2021 |
The hardback second edition dates from 1993; the third edition is only available online, (http://www.sf-encyclopedia.com/). The second edition had over 6,500 entries and 1.3 million words; the third edition has just passed 18,000 entries and 5.9 million words. So you will understand which is the more comprehensive version.

Yet if I want to quickly look up some writer, or obscure old film, and I've shut my devices down for the night, I'll still reach for the second edition. The extent to which the gilt printing on the dust jacket of my copy has worn shows how often it has been on and off the shelf! And for idle browsing, it's still invaluable. If you see one second-hand and the asking price is within your pocket, go for it.… (mais)
3 vote
RobertDay | outras 12 resenhas | Mar 8, 2020 |
There is a difference between the hardback and paperback editions. The paperbacks have the update with new data, typographical errors, factual corrections, and miscellanea. That update actually makes the paperback the better and more useful reference.
rickklaw | outras 12 resenhas | Oct 13, 2017 |



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