Thursday, October 05, 2006

New Book about GKC

Especially looks interesting if you have an interest in science fiction.


  1. Hmmm, That first comment doesn't sound like a stellar review!

    Linking to the site cleared it up though!

    I'm a novice, but was GKC really instrumental in the science fiction genre? Wouldn't he be overshadowed by contemporary H.G. Wells?

  2. More than a few science fiction writer list Chesterton's The Man Who Was Thursday as being a major influence. Two I can list off the top of my head include Neil Gaiman and Terry Prachett.

  3. From the introduction: "He was proud to be a journalist, a Catholic apologist, and a faithful husband. He is frequently
    misrepresented as an imperialist, a bigot, or a drunk. All three charges are absurd."

    I like this book already. We shall have to review it in the magazine, and I also have a Trifles item for the next issue. :-)

  4. Wild Turkey asked about Chesterton's influence in science fiction? Also from the introduction:

    "Jorge Luis Borges, Karel Capek, John Crowley,Neil Gaiman, Mary Gentle, R. A. Lafferty, C. S. Lewis, Jerry Pournelle, Tim Powers, Terry Pratchett, J.R.R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, Gene Wolfe and John C.Wright have all acknowledged his influence and his quite frequent insights. Internal
    evidence suggests that Poul Anderson, Alfred Bester, James Blish, Gregory Benford, C. J. Cherryh, Avram Davidson, Philip K. Dick, Gordon Dickson, William Gibson, Walter M. Miller, Michael Scott Rohan, Robert Sheckley,
    Cordwainer Smith, L.Neil Smith, and many others can be added to the list."

    Ok? :-)

  5. I wonder if Italo Calvino was influenced by GKC's fiction (since Calvino, J.L. Borges and G.G. Marquez are all contemporaries coming from the same genre of fantastical fiction).

    [Calvino being one of my favorite writers.]

  6. Okay!
    I stand here newly educated!

    Of course, GKC had a penchant for allowing characters or situations follow an idea out to their most logical conclusion. I'm thinking of ManAlive! and The Flying Inn. That certainly fits the SF genre.


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