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Science fiction

Author: Adam Roberts
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 2000.
Series: New critical idiom.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Adam Roberts examines the history of science fiction and the critical debate which surrounds this, providing beginners with a springboard for further study, but also challenging more advanced students with original interpretations of key SF texts. These range from Ursula Le Guin's 1969 feminist SF novel The Left Hand of Darkness, to Barry Sonnenfeld's 1997 blockbuster film Men in Black. Roberts introduces essential  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Roberts, Adam (Adam Charles).
Science fiction.
London ; New York : Routledge, 2000
(OCoLC)760977866
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Adam Roberts
ISBN: 0415192048 9780415192040 0415192056 9780415192057
OCLC Number: 41338934
Description: vi, 204 pages ; 21 cm.
Contents: 1. Defining science fiction: one definition --
Three definitions --
The SF novum --
Difference --
Prediction and nostalgia --
Case study: Frank Herbert, Dune (1965) --
2. The history of science fiction, from beginnings to the 1960s: origins --
Jules Verne and H.G. Wells --
Pulp SF --
The golden age: Asimov --
New wave --
Case study: Star wars (1977) and intertextuality --
3. Gender: feminist science fiction --
Women and aliens --
Case study: Ursula Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness (1969) --
4. Race: representing race --
Race and Star trek --
Alien abduction --
Case study: blackness in Sonnenfeld's Men in black (1997) --
5. Technology and metaphor: spaceships --
Robots --
Cyberspace --
Case study: William Gibson, Neuromancer (1984) --
6. Conclusion.
Series Title: New critical idiom.
Responsibility: Adam Roberts.
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In Science Fiction Adam Roberts offers a clear and critically engaging account of the phenomenon illustrating the critical terminology and following the contours of its continuing history.  Read more...

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'This book, with its strong emphasis on contextuality and intertexuality, provides an excellent companion for the teacher.' - Jenny Stevens, The Use of English

 
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