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The science fiction handbook

Author: M Keith Booker; Anne-Marie Thomas
Publisher: Chichester, UK ; Malden, MA : Wiley-Blackwell Pub., 2009.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Few literary genres can expand the boundaries of our imagination as much as science fiction. The Science Fiction Handbook offers a comprehensive historical survey of literary works of science  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Handbooks, manuals, etc
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: M Keith Booker; Anne-Marie Thomas
ISBN: 9781405162050 1405162058 9781405162067 1405162066
OCLC Number: 263498124
Description: viii, 348 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction : science fiction in western culture --
Brief historical surveys of science fiction subgenres. The time-travel narrative ; The alien invasion narrative ; The space opera ; Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction ; Dystopian science fiction ; Utopian fiction ; Feminism, science fiction, and gender ; Science fiction and satire ; Cyberpunk and posthuman science fiction ; Multicultural science fiction --
Representative science fiction authors. Isaac Asimov (1920-1992) ; Margaret Atwood (1939- ) ; Octavia Butler (1947-2006) ; Samuel R. Delany (1942- ) ; Philip K. Dick (1928-1982) ; William Gibson (1948- ) ; Nicola Griffith (1960- ) ; Joe Haldeman (1943- ) ; Robert A. Heinlein (1907-1988) ; Nalo Hopkinson (1960- ) ; Ursula K. Le Guin (1929- ) ; Ian McDonald (1960- ) ; China Miéville (1972- ) ; George Orwell (1903-1950) ; Marge Piercy (1936- ) ; Frederik Pohl (1919- ) ; Kim Stanley Robinson (1952- ) ; Neal Stephenson (1959- ) ; H. G. Wells (1866-1946) --
Discussions of individual texts. The time machine / H.G. Wells (1895) ; The war of the worlds / H.G. Wells (1898) ; Nineteen eighty-four / George Orwell (1949) ; I, robot / Isaac Asimov (1950) ; The space merchants / Frederik Pohl and C.M. Kormbluth (1952) ; Starship troopers / Robert A. Heinlein (1959) ; Do androids dream of electric sheep? / Philip K. Dick (1968) ; The dispossessed / Ursula K. LeGuin (1974) ; The forever war / Joe Haldeman (1974) ; Woman on the edge of time / Marge Piercy (1976) ; Trouble on Triton / Samuel R. Delany (1976) ; Neuromancer / William Gibson (1984) ; The handmaid's tale / Margaret Atwood (1985) ; "Xenogenesis" trilogy / Octavia Butler (1987-1989) ; Snow crash / Neal Stephenson (1992) ; Ammonite / Nicola Griffith (1994) ; "Mars" trilogy / Kim Stanley Robinson (1993-1996) ; Midnight robber / Nalo Hopkinson (2000) ; Perdido Street Station / China Miéville (2000) ; River of gods / Ian McDonald (2005).
Responsibility: M. Keith Booker and Anne-Marie Thomas.

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