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Benchmarks Continued:  F&SF

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Benchmarks Continued: F&SF "Books" Columns 1975-1982

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Author: Algis Budrys
Publisher: Ansible Editions, 2012
Series: Benchmarks: Book 2

1. Benchmarks
2. Benchmarks Continued
3. Benchmarks Revisited
4. Benchmarks Concluded

Book Type: Non-Fiction
Genre: Science-Fiction
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Benchmarks Continued: F&SF "Books" Columns 1975-1982 is the first instalment of a three-volume collected edition of Algis Budrys's classic SF review columns for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Published: 30 November 2012. Ebook edition February 2014. Available directly from Ansible Editions.

"Before we begin, this seems an appropriate time to state the ground rules under which I do my reviews and critical essays. Here are those underlying assumptions: Criticism is not subject to the democratic process. I thank you for your kind attention, and now let's get on with it." (Algis Budrys, November 1981 column)

As the title suggests, this book follows on from Budrys's Benchmarks: Galaxy Bookshelf (1985), containing the Galaxy magazine reviews of which his editor said - after many arguments about the increasing column length - "In the long run, A.J. won all the arguments, because he had done what I asked him to to. He had written a column that contributed to the improvement of the breed, and, in fact, many readers also turned to it first in the magazine. I couldn't argue with success. A generation later, I'm glad I lost the arguments. The reviews are still here, they still make sense - and what do you know, they're still graceful and enjoyable to read." (Frederik Pohl, 1984)

And a post-publication comment: "As well as one of the best writers in our field, Algis Budrys was the best writer about our field. These essays are much more than reviews - altogether they're a deeply perceptive history of science fiction literature." (Tim Powers, 2013)


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