Science Fiction / Literary Criticism

Wesleyan's vast and varied collection of science fiction and related literary criticism publications offer an immense wealth of knowledge, from essays exploring the relationship between environmental disaster and apocalypse to the literary history of the castaway tale, all through the lens of science fiction. 

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Early Classics of Science Fiction

Wesleyan's Early Classics of Science Fiction series offers scholarly editions of important literary works in the science fiction genre, many in translation for the first time. Our editions contain thoughtfully written introductory material and scholarly notes from experts in the field. In addition, Wesleyan publishes The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction, edited by the Professor Emeritus Arthur B. Evans. Read the online Teacher's Guide here.

For more information on the series, contact Suzanna Tamminen at


New & Forthcoming Science Fiction Criticism

Author Spotlight: Samuel Delany

We also publish some of the incredible works of Samuel Delany, who for fifty years has cultivated a special relationship with language in works of fiction (especially science fiction), memoir, criticism, and essays on sexuality and society that have garnered critical praise and legions of fans. 

Forthcoming from Delany is In Search of Silencethe private journals of the renowned novelist. The present volume – the first in a series – reveals a new dimension of his genius. In Search of Silence presents over a decade’s worth of Delany’s private journals, commencing in 1957 when he was still a student at the Bronx High School of Science, and ending in 1969 when he was living in San Francisco and on the verge of reconceiving the novel that would become Dhalgren.

Reviews / Endorsements for In Search of Silence:

“Mesmerizing . . .  a true portrait of an artist as a young Black man . . . already visible in these pages are the wit, sensitivity, penetration, playfulness and the incandescent intelligence that will characterize Delany and his extraordinary work.” —Junot Díaz, author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

"This is a tremendously significant and vital addition to the oeuvre of Samuel Delany; it clarifies questions not only of the writer’s process, but also his development—to see, in his juvenilia, traces that take full form in his novels—is literally breathtaking.” —Matthew Cheney, author of Blood: Stories


Series Editor: Arthur B. Evans

Series Editor: Arthur B. Evans
ARTHUR B. EVANS is a renowned Jules Verne scholar, and Professor Emeritus of French at DePauw University. As well as his title as general editor of Wesleyan’s Early Classics of Science Fiction series, he has also acted as coeditor of The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction, and managing editor of the journal Science Fiction Studies.