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Sargent, Lyman Tower

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author, Critic.

(1940-    ) US academic, bibliographer and author, in the Department of Political Science at the University of Missouri-St Louis, Professor Emeritus since 2005; he founded and edited until 2004 the journal Utopian Studies. Since his own first essay of interest, "Utopia and Dystopia in Contemporary Science Fiction" for The Futurist in 1972, his sf work has been exclusively focused on the study of Utopias and Dystopias, the most important result of which has been British and American Utopian Literature 1516-1975: An Annotated Bibliography (1979; much exp, vt British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985: An Annotated, Chronological Bibliography 1988). The revised edition, which lists several thousand titles in a format which allows for (sometimes excessively) brief comment, is an essential tool for the study of this field, and has been supplemented (and in a sense replaced, as its online presentation of data is unprecedentedly full) by its technical vt, Utopian Literature in English (2016 web) [for access see links below]. Sargent's extremely broad-church definition of a utopian work allows him to bring very disparate writings – ranging from Genre SF to primarily nonfiction works – into thought-provoking juxtaposition. [JC]

see also: Bibliographies; History of SF.

Lyman Tower Sargent

born St Louis, Missouri: 9 February 1940



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