Versions of Wonder: Web Links and Bibliography
Jeff Gundy for Imaginarium, June 2007
or through my web page, www.bluffton.edu/~gundyj.)
E. van Vogt
Icshi: The A. E. Van Vogt
Includes a large annotated bibliography, 200 scanned book
covers, and much more information.
The Weird Worlds of A. E. Van Vogt. http://vanvogt.www4.mmedia.is/. Another fan site. Includes first chapters
of Slan and several other books.
The Arthur C. Clarke Foundation. http://www.clarkefoundation.org/ .
Ursula K. Le Guin
Full text of “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas.” http://tinyurl.com/3aedfr. (Probably
unauthorized, and lacking paragraph breaks.)
Ursula Le Guin web site.
Le Guin (1929- ) http://www.levity.com/corduroy/leguin.htm.
Jorge Luis Borges
Jorge Luis Borges: The Garden of Forking Paths. http://www.themodernword.com/borges/.
Fine Modern Word site on Borges.
Calvino News Articles. http://www.italo-calvino.com/.
Links to a number of fine tributes, reviews, and essays.
John Barth. “’The Parallels!’ Italo Calvino
and Jorge Luis Borges.” http://www.centerforbookculture.org/context/no1/barth.html.
Excellent essay on Calvino and Borges by another fine
experimental writer—and fan of both.
The Head of Orpheus: A Russell Hoban Reference Page.
Good resources and links.
Science Fiction Studies. http://www.depauw.edu/sfs/
. Back issues and much of current issues available online.
Includes many useful links as well.
The Modern Word. http://www.themodernword.com/themodword.cfm.
Excellent site with large collections on Borges and Garcia Marquez, as well as
Samuel Beckett, Umberto Eco, James Joyce, Franz Kafka, and Thomas Pynchon.
On “the fantastic”
“What is the Fantastic?” http://www.unc.edu/~bardsley/ghosts/todorov.html.
Summary/quotes from Tzvetan Todorov’s The
Fantastic: A Structuralist Approach to a Literary Genre (1975). The book itself is well worth a look.
Lem, Stanislaw. “Todorov's Fantastic Theory of Literature.” Science
Fiction Studies #4= Volume1, No. 4 (Fall 1974). http://www.depauw.edu/sfs/backissues/4/lem4art.htm
A strong critique of Todorov’s
Magic Realism. http://www.public.asu.edu/%7Eaarios/magicalrealism/index.html. Fine site with
many links by poet/professor Alberto Rios.
The Magical Realism Page.
Extensive site by Evelyn C. Leeper.
Magic Realism and Surrealism. http://www.bluffton.edu/%7Egundyj/surr.htm.
Web page for a class I taught in 2003—some links may be outdated! Some are already
included on these pages.
Magical Realist Fiction. Ed. David Young and Keith Hollaman. Oberlin U P, 1984. Excellent anthology of short
stories by famous and lesser-known authors.
On Slipstream Fiction
Strange: The Slipstream Anthology. James
Patrick Kelly (Editor), John
Kessel (Editor). Excellent 2006
anthology—includes considerable discussion of what “slipstream” writing is and
Bruce Sterling and Lawrence Person. “The Master List of Slipstream
Just what it sounds like. Lots of great books here—but
if you trust “master” lists too much, you shouldn’t be reading this stuff!
Fantastic Metropolis. http://www.fantasticmetropolis.com/.
E-zine with lots of slipstream-ish fiction, poetry, etc. Cool graphics and images,
“Slipstream.” 2003 column by James Patrick Kelly from Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, with
some useful links. http://www.asimovs.com/_issue_0312/onthenet.shtml.
NOTE: Google searches on any of these terms/names will reveal many more
sources, as will a visit to your local bookstore or library. If possible, it’s
always good to support your local booksellers. Happy reading!