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Much information about the History of SF has been recorded in author, artist, editor and film-maker interviews, which have been a feature of Fanzines since the earliest days and have later appeared in SF Magazines, Semiprozines and especially Media Magazines. Interviewers of note who have published multiple collections of conversations with authors include Jeffrey M Elliot, Charles Platt – whose Dream Makers collections are particularly illuminating – and Darrell Schweitzer, as detailed under further reading below.

Publications that ran or still run many useful interviews include Albedo One; Algernon, Algol/Starship, The Alien Critic, American Fantasy, Challenging Destiny, Cinefantastique, Cinefex, Cinemacabre, Comics Scene, The Edge, Eidolon, Fantastic Films, Future Life, Hub Magazine, Interzone, Janus/Aurora, The Leading Edge, Lightspeed, Locus, Moebius Trip, The New York Review of Science Fiction, Omni, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, Psychotronic Video, Science Fiction Eye, Science Fiction Review, SFX, Shoreline of Infinity, Starlog, Talebones, Thrust, Vector and Weird Tales.

The remit of the Science Fiction Oral History Association (which see) includes the preservation of recorded interviews. The see also list below links to entries in this encyclopedia whose bibliographical Checklists include one or more books, magazines or fanzines featuring interviews with the entry subject. [DRL]

see also: Kathy Acker; Michael Andre-Driussi; Isaac Asimov; J G Ballard; Robert Bloch; Roberto Bolaño; Ray Bradbury; William S Burroughs; Tim Burton; Octavia Butler; James Cameron; John Clute; Edmund Cooper; Roger Corman; David Cronenberg; Samuel R Delany; Philip K Dick; Gardner Dozois; Chris Foss; John Frankenheimer; Terry Gilliam; Jean Giraud; Stuart Gordon [2]; Edward Gorey; Andrea Hairston; John Harris; Robert A Heinlein; Robert P Holdstock; Julian Jaynes; Stephen King; Stanley Kubrick; Fritz Lang; Ursula K Le Guin; Murray Leinster; H P Lovecraft and his circle; Yumi Matsuo; Michael Moorcock; Chris Moore; Sam Moskowitz; John Picacio; John Schoenherr; Ridley Scott; Robert Silverberg; E E Smith; Steven Spielberg; Tang Fei; Walter Tevis; Sheree Renée Thomas; Charles Vess; William T Vollmann; Kurt Vonnegut Jr; Ron Walotsky; H G Wells; Orson Welles; David Wingrove.

further reading

interview collections


SF Voices (Schweitzer)

Interviews conducted by Darrell Schweitzer.

SF Voices (Elliott)

Interviews conducted by Jeffrey M Elliot.

Dream Makers

Interviews conducted by Charles Platt.

Speaking of Horror

Interviews conducted by Darrell Schweitzer.

Speaking of the Fantastic

Interviews conducted by Darrell Schweitzer.

individual interview collections

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