Critical literature

BIOGRAPHICAL OR CRITICAL LITERATURE ON D.S. (selected; more items  up to 1998 about SF and utopia can be found in “Darko Suvin: A Checklist…” listed under 2000 in Publications, 288-90). Copies sent by editors’ press services without full info are marked with “?”.

Number of entries in the Arts & Humanities Citation Index… [in their style of counting, but subtracting self-citations]: 1975-79: 88; 1980-84: 139; 1985-89: 104; 1990-94: 96; 1995-mid-98:  29, in all 456.

The most cited work was Metamorphoses of Science Fiction. Web of Science (including the Arts & Humanities Citation Index), indexes 424 scholarly journal articles up to 2014 that cite/reference Metamorphoses; at least 226 of those citations have occurred since 1993. This is by strict definition of “scholarly,” for the entries in English only are surely above 630. Proquest lists 304 dissertations and theses that cite it, including 206 between 2000 and 2014.

The complete library and biographical papers of DS have been donated to the Università Statale di Milano and are being gradually transferred there. The 3 sections of Biographica, SF and Utopian Fiction, and Drama and Theatre will be housed at the archive Centro Apice, see, while other fiction and criticism will be in the outlying library of the Polo di Mediazione Interculturale e Comunicazione, Piazza I. Montanelli 14, 20099 Sesto S. Giovanni (MI); see internet

Vladimir Popović. “SF — literatura.” Vjesnik 8/8/1965, p. 8. [On Od Lukijana do Lunjika]

“d”. “Neobično i originalno.” Večernji list 12/8/1965, p. 5. [On Od Lukijana do Lunjika]

Tomislav Kurelec. “Izuzetan dogadjaj. Darko Suvin: Dva vida dramaturgije.”    Studentski list no. 13 (1965) 10-11.

–Viktor Žmegač. “Darko Suvin, Dva vida dramaturgije.” Problèmes des genres littéraires 8.2 (1966): 118-21.

–James Blish. [Introductory note to] D. Suvin, “The Science Fiction Novel in 1969,” in J. Blish ed., Nebula Award Stories Five. New York: Doubleday, and London: Gollancz, 1970, 193, and New York: Pocket Books, 1972, 152.

  1. Schuyler Miller. „Other Worlds, Other Seas, by Darko Suvin.“ Analog/Astouding (Sept. 1971):  162-67.

Nikola Batušić. Hrvatska drama od Demetra do Šenoe. Zagreb: NZH, 1976, 38-39, 130-32.

Ion Hobana. “Science Fiction Studies.” Cahiers roumains d’études littéraires 176 (1976): 134-36.

–Pat[rick] Parrinder. “The Black Wave.” Radical Science J. no. 5 (1977): 45-61.

Zoran Živković. “Izučavanje naučne fantastike u Jugoslaviji” [“SF Research in Yugoslavia”], in  Andromeda SF 2. Beograd: BIGZ, 1977, 385-401.

Shelley Cox. [Review of the Science-Fiction Studies journal.] Serials Review (Oct.-Dec. 1978): 17-18.

Directory of American Scholars, Vol. 2. 1978.

Livres at auteurs Québécois 1977. Québec: Les Presses de l’Univ. Laval, 1978.

Alan Myers. “After the Thaw: A Russian Torrent of SF.” Foundation no. 13 (1978): 109-10 [on  Russian SF 1956-74].

The Pilgrim Award 1979: Darko Suvin. Science Fiction Research Assn. pamphlet. Pp. 2-3: DS, “Pilgrim Award Acceptance Speech” pp. 3-4 : Elizabeth Cummins Cogell, “In Honour of….”

Franz Rottensteiner. “Darko Suvin — Metamorphoses of Science Fiction.” Quarber Merkur no. 52 (Jan. 1980): 81-82.

Elizabeth Cummins Cogell. “A Hopeful Art or an Artful Hope?” Essays in Arts and Sciences 9 (Aug. 1980): 235-46.

Tom Shippey. “The Hegemonic Novum.” Times Literary Supplement 9 May 1980: 519.

Tom J. Lewis. “Darko Suvin. Metamorphoses of Science Fiction.” World Literature Today (Autumn 1980): ?.

Alfons Knauth. Invarianz und Variabilität literarischer Texte. Amsterdam: Grüner, 1981, 254-55, 272, and passim [on my Beckett essay].

Stephen Gresham. “Metamorphoses of Science Fiction…. By Darko Suvin.” Southern Humanities R no. ?  (1981): 189-90.

Kenneth M. Roemer. “Utopia: Alphabetized, Analyzed, Edited, and Listed.” American Literary Realism 1870-1910 14.1 (1981): 126-28.

J.-P. Vernier. “Metamorphoses of Science Fiction.” Ėtudes anglaises 34.3 (1981): 331.

Novy Kapadia and Neeraj Malick. “A Genius Calls.” International Courier [Delhi] (March 1984): 52.

Brian Stableford. “A Monumental Work.” Science Fiction & Fantasy R. no. 66 (1984): 33-34.

Herbert Sussman. “Victorian Science Fiction.” Science-Fiction Studies 11 (1984): 324-28.

Takayuki Tatsumi. “Darko Suvin tono Taiwa: Cordwainer Smith kara New Wave made” [An Interview with Darko Suvin: From Cordwainer Smith to the New Wave] (English in Science-Fiction Studies no. 36 [1985]: 202-08) and at 36interview.htm; and “Bokenteki SF Gakusha no Shozo” [A Note on the   Interview: Portrait of a Very Radical SF Scholar-Critic, or A Critical Study of Darko Suvin). SF no Hon [The Book of Science Fiction, Tokyo] no. 8 (Oct. 1985): 180-90 and 191-202.

John Rouse. “Darko Suvin. To Brecht and Beyond.” Comparative Drama 19.4 (1985-86): 386-87.

Adresar pisaca Jugoslavije, s.v. Suvin. Novi Sad: Savez književnika Jugoslavije, 1986, 705-06. 

Contemporary Authors. “Suvin, Darko….” New Rev. Series Vol. 16. Detroit: Gale Research, 1986, 379-80 [apparently also in Vol. 19 (1985?): 379-80, and in vol. 89-92].

Hans-Joachim Schulz. Science Fiction. Stuttgart: Metzler, 1986, 70-77 and passim.

Janelle Reinelt. [Review of To Brecht and Beyond.] Theatre J. 38.3 (1986): 378-79.

Stanko Lasić. Mladi Krleža i njegovi kritičari. Zagreb: Globus, 1987, 528-29 and 607-08.

Kazuko Yamada. “SF and Theatre: An Interview with Darko Suvin.” Foundation (London) no. 44 (1988/89): 33-41 (Japanese original as “Betsu no sekai = Arikata no kanōsei no tansaku [Other Worlds = the Search for Other Possibilities of Existence]” partly in Dokushojin [The Reader] no. 1721 [Feb. 22, 1988]: 3).

Bryan N.S. Gooch. “Integrality” [review of The Long March]. Canadian Literature no. 117 (1988): 54-55.

Lise Leibacher-Ouvrard. Libertinage et utopies sous le règne de Louis XIV. Genève: Droz, 1989, 10-12.

Judith Catton. “Suvin’s Best Work.” SFRA Newsletter no. 173 (1989): 23-24.

Horst Pukallus. “An Interview with Darko Suvin.” Science-Fiction Studies 18.2 (1991): 253-61, available at (briefer original “Ein Gespräch mit Darko Suvin.“ Das Science Fiction Jahr 5 (1990): 264-79).

Curtis C. Smith. “Darko Suvin. Positions and Presuppositions in Science Fiction….” Modern Fiction Studies 35.2 (1989): 400.

DGAVL Mitteilungen 1990.  „Beispiel eines Seminarplans:… Darko Suvin, McGill University, Montreal.“ S.l.: Deutsche Ges. für Allgemeine und Vergleichende Litearturwissenschaft, 1990, 106-13.

Carlo Pagetti. “Teatro e altri misteri” [interview with Darko Suvin]. l’Unità Jan. 3, 1990, 14.

Branka Džebić. “Arkadija D. Suvina” [review of Armirana Arkadija]. Vjesnik June 26/6/1990: 11.

Raimund Borgmeier. “Objectives and Methods in the Analysis of SF” [review of the Science-Fiction Studies journal]. Science-Fiction Studies 17.3 (1990): 383-91.

John Huntington. “Newness, Neuromancer, and the End of Narrative,” in T. Shippey ed., Fictional Space. English Assn. Essays and Studies 1990. Oxford: Blackwell, and Atlantic Highlands NJ: Humanities P, 1991, 59-75.

Carl D. Malmgren. Worlds Apart. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1991, 4, 7-8, 11, 28-31, 175, and passim.

Ohhashi Yôichi. “Yakusha atogaki” [“Translator’s Afterword”] to SF no hen’yô. Tôkyô: Kokubun-Sha, 1991, 471-78.

Elizabeth Cummins. “Suvin, Darko. Positions and Presuppositions in Science Fiction….” Extrapolation (Spring 1991): 87-91.

Takayuki Tatsumi. “Ninshikiteki ni ika suru hihyô no kokoromi” [An Attempt at a Criticism of Cognitive Estrangement]. Tôshô shimbun 27 Apr. 1991, p. 4.

Michael Hulse. “Tricks with Knives” [review of The Long March].  PN Review 17.5 (1991):  63-64.

D.D. Kilgore. “The Blue-and-Not-Yellow Sun” [review of Positions…]. Science-Fiction Studies  18.1 (1991): 116-21.

Ohkanda Jôji. “Ohkina hen’ka to ikizumuri” [Revolution and Stagnation in SF: The Viewpoint of an Author Who Brightens the Future]. Shûkan dokushôjin 27 May 1991, p. ?

Sibila Petlevski. “Jedrenje intelektonauta” [review of Armirana Arkadija]. Republika 47. 9-10 (1991): 267-71.

Tom Shippey. “Learning To Read Science Fiction,” in idem ed., Fictional Space. Oxford:  Blackwell, and Atlantic Highlands NJ: Humanities P, 1991, 1-33 [esp. 9-14].

Niijima Susumu, et al. “Tokushu SF no hen’yo o homu” [Reading Metamorphoses of SF].  Horizm [Tôkyô] no. 21 (1992?): 23-70.

Chang Huei-keng. “Polyglot Scholar Darko Suvin Visits Taiwan” [in Chinese]. Lian He Bao [United Daily News] (Taipei) March 11, 1994.

Damien Broderick. Reading by Starlight. London: Routledge, 1995, 31-36, 51-52, and passim.

Lada Čale Feldman. “Darko Suvin’s Theater Semiotics between Cultural Criticism and Literary Theory.” Znakolog 6-7 (1994-95): 221-42.

Ágnes Ivacs. ”Happenings and Other Acts (review).” html

Vittorio Roda. I fantasmi della ragione. Napoli: Liguori, 1996, 93-95, 125-26, 156-57, and passim.

Charles Elkins. “Reassessing the Work of a Major Utopian Theorist.” Science-Fiction Studies 25.1 (1998): 110-11.

Veronica Hollinger. “Contemporary Trends in SF Criticism, 1998-1999.” Science-Fiction Studies 26.2 (1999): 233.

Simon C. Estok. “DARKO SUVIN. Lessons of Japan.” Canadian R. of Comparative Literature 26.2 (1999): 313-16.

Dušica Lukić. “U igri fantazije.” Detinjstvo no. 1-2 (2000), available at

Learning from Other Worlds: Estrangement, Cognition and the Politics of Science Fiction and Utopia. Ed. Patrick Parrinder. Liverpool: Liverpool UP, 2000 & Durham: Duke UP, 2001. 312pp.

“Darko Suvin: Checklist of Printed Items that Concern Science Fiction (with Utopian Fiction)…,” in Learning (above),  272-290 [179 items up to 1998, not counting reprints and translations].

Patrick Parrinder. “Learning from Other Worlds” and “Revisiting Suvin’s Poetics of Science Fiction,“ in Learning (above), 1-16 and 36-50.

Tom Moylan. “’Look into the dark’:  On Dystopia and the Novum,” in Learning (above), 51-71; variant version in his Scraps of the Untainted Sky. Boulder: Westview P, 2000, 42-48, 63-64, 75-77, 136-37, 150-52, 299, and passim.

Adam Roberts. Science Fiction. London: Routledge, 2000, 7-10, 16-18, 59, 64.

Bo Fowler. “The Science of Fiction.” New Humanist March 1, 2001 available at

Jimmy McCroy. “Learning from Other Worlds.” SFRA R. no. 252 (2001): 9-10.

[Interview with Christos Xanthakis.] Eleuterotypia [Athens] Dec. 5, 2001, pp. 42-44.

Alcena M.D. Rogan. “Learning from Other Worlds.”  South Atlantic R. 67.2 (2002): 105-08.

Sonia Fritzsche. Utopian Studies Jan. 2002 [rev. of For Lack of Knowledge]

Fredric Jameson. Archaeologies of the Future: The Desire Called Utopia and Other Science Fictions. London & New York: Verso, 2005, xiv, 63, 257, 282, 410, 414-15.

Hermann Ritter. “Inklings Jahrbuch für Literatur und Ästhetik.” Magira: Jahrbuch zur Fantasy 2004. Eds. H. Ritter et al. s.l., 430-32 [on the transl. of my essay on Tolkien].

Sheryl Vint. “Marleen Barr, ed. Envisioning the Future….” Extrapolation 46.1 (2005): 144-49 [on DS essay about Zamyatin’s We]

Domenico Gallo. “Maniscalco Basile/ Suvin: Nuovissime mappe dell’inferno.” Pulp no 59 (2006): 54.

Alcena M.D. Rogan. “The Actual Qualities of Imaginative Things: U.S. War / Militarism and Science Fiction.” Science Fiction Studies vol. 33.2 (2006),

Matko Meštrović.Kako iz distopije?“ Zarez [Zagreb] March 8, 2007, 42? [review of book Gdje smo?]

  1.  Giulia Fabi. “Italian  Contributions. ” American Literary Scholarship: An Annual, 2005. Ed. Gary Scharnhorst. Durham, NC: Duke UP, 2007, 499-500 [on Fictions 2005 issue].

Marijan Krivak. “Za političku epistemologiju spasa Darka Suvina” [For DS’s Political Epistemology of Salvation]. Gordogan (Zagreb) no. 15-18 (2008-09): 192-96,

Bojan Jović. “Darko Suvin, prvi put među Srbima.” Književna istorija 41 (2009): 137-38 [on Naučna fantastika, spoznaja, sloboda].

Phillip Wegner. “Darko Suvin,” entry in 50 Key Figures in Science Fiction. Eds. Mark Bould et al.  NY & L: Routledge, 2009; expanded version transl. into Croatian in Zarez [Zagreb] 12.293, Oct. 14, 2010, 40-41.

Phillip E. Wegner. “Preface: Emerging from the Flood in Which We are Sinking…,” in  Darko Suvin,  Defined by a Hollow. Oxford: P. Lang, 2010, xv-xxxiii.

Canadian Who’s Who 45 (2010): 1265 (also as CD ROM) [also up to and including 2021].

Interview with Andres Lomeña on Metamorphoses of Science Fiction or Archives — March 2011; Extrapolation 53.2 (2012): 241-43, doi:10.3828/extr.2012.12; Spanish transl. in Andres Lomeña Cantos. “Entrevista con Darko Suvin,” in his Ficcionología. S.l.: Dado Ed., [2017?], 29-30.

Phillip E. Wegner. “Foreword: Crossing the Border with Darko Suvin,” in Darko Suvin: A Life in Letters. Ed. Ph.E. Wegner. Vashon Island WA 98070: Paradoxa, 2011, 9-19.

Gerry Canavan. “Marxism as Science Fiction.” Reviews in Cultural Theory 1.1 (2010): 4 electronic pp., accessed 14/9/2010.

Carlo Pagetti. “Znanstveno-fantastične transformacije Darka Suvina” [“The S-F Transformations of DS”]. Transl. Marija Mrčela. Zarez  no. 294 of 28. X 2010, p. 33.

Srećko Pulig. „Kada nema komunizma.“ Novosti [Zagreb] of 18.XII 2010, p. ?,

Johannes Rüster. “Summa phantastica: Darko Suvin und die Science Fiction.” Inklings-Jahrbuch 19 (2011): 315-17.

Vjeran Katunarić. „Utopija i spas: svjetovi Darka Suvina.“ Zarez 13.303, Feb. 17, 2011, 38.

Tonči Valentić. „Pionir teorije SF-a.“ Zarez 13.303, Feb. 17, 2011, 39

Carl Freedman. “An Adorno for Our Time.” Extrapolation 52.1 (2011): 110-16.

Ante Jerić. “Igra začudnosti i spoznaje.”

Roberto Ciccarelli. “Gli esploratori del pianeta Utopia.” Il Manifesto, 29.5.2011, p. 10 [interview].

Barbara Holland-Cunz. “Suvin, Darko. Defined by a Hollow.” Das Argument no. 293 (2011): 596-97.

Silvestar Mileta. “Znanstvenofantastično naslijeđe Darka Suvina” [The S-F Heritage of DS]. Republika no. 10-12 (2011): 109-42.

Lada Čale Feldman. „Brecht, Barthes, Suvin.“ Republika no. 10-12 (2011): 194-210.

Luigi Cazzato. “DARKO SUVIN, Defined by a Hollow….” La Nuova ricerca no. 20 (2011): 323-24 [Italian].

Arima Michiko.  “A New Horizon of Intercultural Stances.” [review of Lessons of Japan].  English Literature R no.56 (2012): 52-68.

Mark Bould. “From Llanvihangel Crucorney and Zagreb to the Stars!: Raymond Williams and Darko Suvin on SF.” Science Fiction Studies 39 (2012):  304-12 [review of Defined].

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Gerry Canavan. „Defined as a Hollow“ [review article]. Historical Materialism 21.1 (2013):  209-16.

Silvestar Mileta.”O vazda mladim svjetovima.” UBIQ br. 13 (2013): 244-47 [review of Preživjeti Potop]. 

Phillip E. Wegner. Shockwaves of Possibility: Essays on Science Fiction, Globalization, and Utopia. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2014, 9-13, 18-19, 35, 44-45, 47-48, 63, 70, 185.

[Salvatore Proietti ed.] “Forum: una presentazione di DS.” Anarres no. 2 (2014), [discussion of Defined: Daniela Guardamagna. “Un Walter Benjamin dei nostri tempi.”; Riccardo Capoferro. “Lo storicismo di Suvin.”; Giovanni Maniscalco Basile. “Defined by a Hollow, DS e il nuovo Leviatano.”; S. Proietti. “Lezioni dalla fantascienza.”: DS & SP. “DS – Pubblicazioni in lingua italiana o in Italia.”]

Daniela Marcheschi. „La  ‘colomba di un diluvio diverso’: leggendo Darko Suvin.“ Kamen’ no. 44 (2014): 43-50 [discussion of „Tu, Giacomo Leopardi“].

Krunoslav Stojaković. “Socijalistička demokracija odozdo… sve je ostalo varka”. Zarez br. 384, 22.V 2014, p. 39; [review of book Samo jednom…].

Lino Veljak. “Kako su propali Jugoslavija i socijalizam?” Republika [Bgd] no. 586-87 (2014): 27 [review of book Samo jednom…].

„Učiti od Jugoslavije” [intervju with S.Pulig]. [on book Samo jednom…; abbrev. in Novosti 24.V 2014, pp. 18-19).

Samizdatek: The Masha and Jacques Sayag Collection of Russian Samizdats. „Darko Suvin.“ [Brief description of 2 DS English MS. circulating in USSR in typescript and theri role; apparently the one on „the Strugatskys’ Fiction“ was translated into Russian and circulated in samzidat.]. Accessed 2015 and 17/11/2016, not available in 2020.

P[eter] N[icholls]. „Suvin, Darko.“ SFE – The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. Accessed Dec. 15, 2015.

Fredric Jameson. “Pouke jedinstvenog socijalizma: Uvod u novu knjigu Darka Suvina, refleksivnu historiju socijalističke Jugoslavije.” Zarez br. 429, 11/3/2016.,

Slobodan Ivkov. „Naučna fantastika“ [prikaz Naučna fantastika, spoznaja, sloboda]. Blic  [Bgd] 21/3/2016,  str. 26.

Aldo Milohnič. “O prometejski brechtologiji Darka Suvina,” in D. Suvin, Brechtovo ustvarjanje in horizont komunizma. Ljubljana: Mestno gledališče ljubljansko, 2016, 369-99.

Krešimir Zovak. „Darko Suvin – Samo jednom se ljubi.3k [Zagreb] no. 2 (2015): 196-200.

Gerry Canavan. „>The Suvin Event<,“  Foreword to Metamorphoses of Science Fiction [augmented edn.]. Oxford: P. Lang, 2016, xi-xxxvi; Croatian as “Suvinova pojava.” UBIQ no. 22 (2018): 185-201.

Zorica Djergović-Joksimović. „Intervju: Darko Suvin,“ in D. Igrošanac and M. Jakovljević eds.,   Književna fantastika: Almanah 2016, 157-66.

Zorica Djergović-Joksimović.  “Darko Suvin, Samo jednom se ljubi….” Sociologija [Beograd] 58. 1 (2016):  165-69;

Fredric Jameson. „Introduction to Darko Suvin, Splendour, Misery, and Potentialities: An X-ray of Socialist Yugoslavia.” in that book at Brill and Harvester P; Croatian as “Pouke jedinstvenog socijalizma: Uvod u novu knjigu Darka Suvina, refleksivnu historiju socijalističke Jugoslavije.” Prev. Marija Čačić. Zarez no. 429?, 21/4/2016.),

Zorica Đergović-Joksimović. „The Poetry of Estrangement or Utopia Suviniana.”  Utopian Studies 28.1 (2017): 45-71.

Lev Kreft. “Glasovi s komunističnega horizonta.” Amfiteater [Ljubljana] 5. 1 (2017): 116-21.

Blaž Gselman. “Brechtova odprta dramaturgija: gledališče za razredno družbo.” Dialogi [Maribor] 53. 3-4 (2017): 134-37.

Silvestar Mileta. ”Alternativna povijest: Wegnerova konceptualizacija podžanra u okviru utopijskih studija.” UBIQ br. 20 (2017): 236-51.

Mladen Lazić. “In Search of the Lost Alternative.” Minnesota R no. 91 (2018): 136-48 [review of Splendour].

Catherine Samary “A Utopian in the Balkans.” New Left Review no. (Dec. 2018): 137-50; shortened transl. into Greek [review of Splendour].

“Suvin, Darko.” Entry in Židovski biografski leksikon [Jewish Biographical Lexicon (i.e. of Croatia), internet version]. Ed. I. Goldstein. [has egregious mistakes].

Katie Stone. “’SF and Communism,’ AUB, 25-27/5/2018.“ Foundation 47.3 (2018): 78-82.

Victor Strazzeri. “Darko Suvin, Splendour….” Socialism & Democracy 33.2 (2019): 180-83; different German version Das Argument no. 335 (2020): 358-60.

Carlo Pagetti. “Darko Suvin, cittadino del mondo.” APICE 9/3/2021,