Dream Makers

The Stairway Press Collected Edition

by Charles Platt

From the Introduction:

A reprint of twenty-four interviews from legendary science fiction authors with updated Introduction and added historical context by the author. Authors include Stephen King, Philip K. Dick, L. Ron Hubbard (maybe), Kurt Vonnegut and many others. This collection is finally back in print and provides a stimulating look behind the scenes of the individual writing process while illuminating the tough nature of the publishing business.

$15.95

Format:
Trade Paperback
Publisher:
Stairway Press, The Armchair Adventurer
Language:
English
Pages:
374
ISBN:
978-1-941071-00-7

What others are saying about Dream Makers


“Wittily perceived and cleanly professional interviews with sci-fi writers, rich in information and wide in scope, free of indulgence and tunnel vision.”

    –Philadelphia Inquirer

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“A magnificent achievement, exemplary in its insights, it's structure, its editorial restraint and perspective... A monumental work.”

    –Robert Silverberg

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“Excellent prose profiles ... you get the feeling that you really know each person that Platt has talked with ... I recommend this book highly.”

    –Amazing Stories magazine

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“For the first time ever in a popular work of sci-fi nonfiction, someone is reaching into the core of the sci-fi experience, and finding in the midst of the implausible a kind of truth that holds for all attentive writers, in or out of genre ...pure genius.”

    –Heavy Metal magazine

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“Plainly the best nonfiction book of the year–maybe the decade, who knows? ... The book's a stunner.”

    –Gregory Benford

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“A stunner, a miracle... It is magnificent.”

    –Barry N. Malzberg

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“I'm very impressed by it, it is a tremendous piece of work. ...a series of remarkable portraits.”

    –J.G. Ballard

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“A superb piece of work ... full of color and warm empathy and makes for charming reading. The book should have been published in hardcover.”

    –Alfred Bester

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“I fell on it, I've been devouring it, I have read it so impatiently that I have even skipped passages that interested me ... lapping it up, laughing, groaning...”

    –Brian W. Aldiss

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“Compulsively instant reading ... other things got tossed aside for it.”

    –Ian Watson

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“A book of sharp, insightful, beautifully written essays. ... This is quite probably the finest book of its type yet to appear.”

    –Publishers Weekly

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“So vivid, you wish they would never end. ... This is a special book.”

    –Chicago Tribune

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“A rich and rewarding book indeed – the most interesting, entertaining, and valuable book to come this way in months. There has never been a better book about science fiction; it is doubtful that there has ever been a better book about writing of any kind.”

    –The Cleveland Press

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“Excellent ... entertaining and informative reading.”

    –Fantasy Newsletter

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“Indispensable”

    –Village Voice

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“A fascinating collection ... well worth the reading.”

    –Houston Chronicle

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“Many of Platt's comments are incisive, and the interviews are highly valuable...”

    –San Francisco Examiner

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“Superb interviews ... strongly recommended.”

    –El Paso Times

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“Light-hearted and engaging introduction to the men and women behind the books. Fans will devour this collection; readers new to sci-fi will find it a congenial way to get a feel for the field.”

    –Washington Post

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“Platt held me spellbound for hours. Platt does an exemplary job at the difficult task of providing a balanced picture of each of his subjects. ... These are some of the best (interviews) I've ever seen.”

    –Analog magazine

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“Simply and absolutely must-reading for anyone who reads a lot of science fiction and who is curious about the authors, as for anyone who enjoys reading excellently-done profiles by a writer who has a keen eye for the inner person and the outer clue.”

    –Fantasy Newsletter

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“This book is one of my favorite places to go for a glimpse into the genius of my favorite authors: this updated version, with new introductions and insights, is even better.

I love Platts interview style: this book is a fascinating and informative read.”

    – Maryruth, 5 Star Review on Amazon

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