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A companion to science fiction

Author: David Seed
Publisher: Malden, MA : Blackwell Pub., 2005.
Series: Blackwell companions to literature and culture, 34.
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"A Companion to Science Fiction assembles essays by an international range of scholars which discuss the contexts, themes, and methods used by science fiction writers. It conveys the scale and variety of science fiction and also shows how science fiction novels have been used as a means of debating cultural issues." "The first sections of the volume address general topics, such as the history and origins of the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David Seed
ISBN: 1405112182 9781405112185
OCLC Number: 56924865
Description: xvi, 612 p. ; 26 cm.
Contents: Introduction : Approaching science fiction --
pt. I. Surveying the field. Hard reading : the hard reading : the challenges of science fiction / Tom Shippey --
The origins of science fiction / George Slusser --
Science fiction/criticism / Istvan Csicsery-Ronay, Jr. --
Science-fiction magazines : the crucibles of change / MIke Ashley --
pt. II. Topics and debates. Utopia / Phillip E. Wegner --
Science, fiction and religion / Stephen R.L. Clark --
"Monsters of the imagination" : Gothic, science, fiction / Fred Botting --
Science fiction and ecology / Brian Stableford --
Feminist fabulation / Marleen S. Barr --
Time and identity in feminist science fiction / Jenny Wolmark --
Science fiction and the Cold War / M. Keith Booker --
pt. III. Genres and movements. Hard science fiction / Gary Westfahl --
The new wave / Rob Latham --
Cyberpunk / Mark Bould --
Science fiction and postmodernism / Veronica Hollinger --
The renewal of "hard" science fiction / Donald M. Hassler --
pt. IV. Science fiction film. American science fiction film : an overview / Vivian Sobchack --
Figurations of the cyborg in contemporary science fiction novels and fiction / Christine Cornea --
British television science fiction / Peter Wright --
pt. V. The international scene. Canadian science fiction / Douglas Barbour --
Japanese and Asian science fiction / Takayuki Tatsumi --
Australian science fiction / Van Ikin and Sean McMullen. pt. VI. Key writers. The grandeur of H.G. Wells / Robert Crossley --
Isaac Asimov / John Clute --
John Wyndham : the facts of life sextet / David Ketterer --
Philip Dick / Christopher Palmer --
Samuel Delaney : a biographical and critical overview / Carl Freedman --
Ursula K. Le Guin / Warren G. Rochelle --
Gwyneth Jones and the anxieties of science fiction / Andy Sawyer --
Arthur C. Clarke / Edward James --
Greg Egan / Russell Blackford --
pt. VII. Readings. Mary Shelley : Frankenstein : or, the modern Prometheus / Susan E. Lederer and Richard M. Ratzan --
Charlotte Perkins Gilman : Herland / Jill Rudd --
Aldous Huxley : Brave new world / David Seed --
Ray Bradbury : Fahrenheit 451 / Brian Baker --
Joanna Russ : The female man / Jeanne Cortiel --
J.G. Ballard : Crash / Roger Luckhurst --
Margaret Atwood : The handmaid's tale / Faye Hammill --
William Gibson : Neuromancer / Andrew M. Butler --
Kim Stanley Robinson : Mars trilogy / Carol Franko --
Iain M. Banks : Excession / Farah Mendlesohn.
Series Title: Blackwell companions to literature and culture, 34.
Responsibility: edited by David Seed.
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"A Companion to Science Fiction assembles essays by an international range of scholars which discuss the contexts, themes, and methods used by science fiction writers. It conveys the scale and variety of science fiction and also shows how science fiction novels have been used as a means of debating cultural issues." "The first sections of the volume address general topics, such as the history and origins of the genre, its engagement with science and gender, and national variations of science fiction around the English-speaking world. It also maps out connections between science fiction, television, the cinema, virtual reality technology, and other aspects of the culture. Later sections are devoted to major figures, such as H.G. Wells, Arthur C. Clarke, and Ursula Le Guin. Finally, the Companion offers close discussions of key novels, from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein to Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale."--Jacket.

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