In 2013, the University of Illinois Press launched a new series of scholarly books: The Modern Masters of Science Fiction, a series dedicated to studying the men and women who shaped modern science fiction literature.
Since the launch of the series, editor Willis Regier has overseen the release of five installments, with an additional two more on the way this year. So far, the series has examined the literary careers of John Brunner, William Gibson, Greg Egan, Gregory Benford and Ray Bradbury, with further installments about Lois McMaster Bujold and Frederik Pohl scheduled for release later this fall.
Each book is a fairly short read: under two hundred pages. Each packs a punch, with a detailed analysis of each author’s career and works, as well as an extensive interview with each subject. So far, the books have been authored by notable scholar or critic within the science fiction community, such as Karen Burnham, Gary Westfahl, and George Slusser.
Future installments are expected to cover Alfred Bester, Arthur C. Clarke, Philip K. Dick, Joe Haldeman, China Miéville, Kim Stanley Robinson, Connie Willis and Roger Zelazny.