(1939- ) US sf critic and professor of English at California State University, Long Beach. His PhD dissertation (University of Southern California) was later published by Arno Press as a book, Visions of Tomorrow: Six Journeys from Outer to Inner Space (1975): it contains analyses of novels by Isaac Asimov, J G Ballard, Algis Budrys, Arthur C Clarke, Walter M Miller Jr and Theodore Sturgeon. His next book was Arthur C. Clarke: A Primary and Secondary Bibliography (1984). Many shorter critical pieces have appeared in Extrapolation, Science Fiction Studies and various critical anthologies. Samuelson has been among the more intelligent and better informed academic critics of sf, though he has been much less active in the twenty-first century. [PN]
see also: Critical and Historical Works About SF.
David Norman Samuelson
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