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Chaos theory, Asimov's foundations and robots, and Herbert's Dune : the fractal aesthetic of epic science fiction

Author: Donald Palumbo
Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2002.
Series: Contributions to the study of science fiction and fantasy, no. 100.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Approaches Herbert's Dune series and Asimov's Foundation trilogy and robot stories from the perspective of chaos theory.

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Named Person: Isaac Asimov; Isaac Asimov; Frank Herbert; Hari Seldon, (Fictitious character); Isaac Asimov; Frank Herbert
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Donald Palumbo
ISBN: 0313311897 9780313311895
OCLC Number: 49649861
Description: x, 240 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Asimov's Foundation Series --
Psychohistory and Chaos Theory: Metaseries' Architecture and the Foundation Series' Premise and Plot Structure --
The Backup Plan, Guardianship, and Disguise: Interrelated Fractal Motifs on the Same and Descending Levels of Scale --
The Persistence of Prejudice: Asimov's Crusade against Bigotry as a Fractal Theme --
Asimov's Robot Stories and Novels --
Chaos Theory Concepts in the Robot Stories and Novels --
Reiterated Plots and Themes in the Robot Novels --
Integrating the Metaseries --
Herbert's Dune Series --
"Plots within Plots ... Patterns within Patterns": Chaos Theory Structures and Concepts in the Dune Series --
The Monomyth as Fractal Pattern in the Dune Series --
The Monomyth and Chaos Theory: "Perhaps We Should Believe in Magic."
Series Title: Contributions to the study of science fiction and fantasy, no. 100.
Responsibility: Donald E. Palumbo.
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