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Westfahl, Gary

Works: 44 works in 203 publications in 1 language and 12,297 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Conference papers and proceedings  Encyclopedias  Illustrated works  Literature  Action and adventure fiction  Fantasy fiction  Fiction  Biography 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
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Science fiction, children's literature, and popular culture : coming of age in fantasyland by Gary Westfahl( Book )
9 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 475 libraries worldwide
In a constantly changing world, individuals are forever growing to meet the challenges and developments that emerge around them. In contemporary society, technology is at the heart of change. Literature, too, reflects the evolution of culture and increasingly represents and considers technology. And as children become young adults, their reading helps shape their understanding of the world. This book examines representative works of science fiction, children's literature, and popular culture to show how these works reflect the process of growing up in a technological world.''The volume looks at the simple picture books and comic books that appeal to small children; the formulaic adventures that fascinate older children; the films and television programs that are watched by children and young adolescents; the music videos and programming that appeal to young adults; and the popular novels that interest older readers. Included are discussions of Superman, the Hardy Boys, Star Trek, science fiction films, and music videos. The book points to similarities among popular culture, science fiction, and children's literature and demonstrates the relevance of these works to contemporary society
The Greenwood encyclopedia of science fiction and fantasy : themes, works, and wonders ( Book )
9 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 388 libraries worldwide
A comprehensive three-volume reference work offers six hundred entries, with the first two volumes covering themes and the third volume exploring two hundred classic works in literature, television, and film
Cosmic engineers : a study of hard science fiction by Gary Westfahl( Book )
8 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 366 libraries worldwide
Worlds enough and time : explorations of time in science fiction and fantasy ( Book )
7 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 329 libraries worldwide
With our lives firmly controlled by the steady pace of time, humans have yearned for ways to escape its constraints, and authors have responded with narratives about traveling far into the past or future, reversing the flow of time, or creating alternate universes. This book considers how imaginative works involving time travel reflect ongoing scientific concerns and examine the human condition. The scope of the volume is unusually wide, covering such topics as Dante, the major novels of the 19th century, and stories and films of the 1990s. The book concludes with a lengthy bibliography of short stories and novels, films and television programs, and nonfiction works that feature time travel or speculations about time
Nursery realms : children in the worlds of science fiction, fantasy, and horror by Eaton Conference on Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature( Book )
8 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 318 libraries worldwide
The mechanics of wonder : the creation of the idea of science fiction by Gary Westfahl( Book )
9 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 273 libraries worldwide
"This is a sustained argument about the idea of science fiction by a renowned critic. Overturning many received opinions and sacred cows, it is both controversial and stimulating." "Much of the controversy arises from Westfahl's resurrection of Hugo Gernsback - for decades a largely derided figure - as the true creator of science fiction. Following an initial demolition of earlier critics, Westfahl argues for Gernsback's importance. His argument is fully documented, showing a much greater familiarity with early American science fiction, particularly magazine fiction, than previous academic critics or historians. After his initial chapters on Gernsback, he examines the way in which the Gernsback tradition was adopted and modified by later magazine editors and early critics. This involves a re-evaluation of the importance of John W. Campbell to the history of science fiction which is possibly as important as his re-evaluation of Gernsback, as well as a very interesting critique of Robert Heinlein's Beyond the Horizon, one of the seminal texts of American science fiction. In conclusion, Westfahl uses the theories of Gernsback and Campbell to develop a descriptive definition of science fiction and he explores the ramifications of that definition."--BOOK JACKET
William Gibson by Gary Westfahl( Book )
14 editions published between 2013 and 2017 in English and held by 260 libraries worldwide
The leading figure in the development of cyberpunk, William Gibson (born in 1948) crafted works in which isolated humans explored near-future worlds of ubiquitous and intrusive computer technology and cybernetics. This volume is the first comprehensive examination of the award-winning author of the seminal novel Neuromancer (and the other books in the Sprawl trilogy, Count Zero and Mona Lisa Overdrive), as well as other acclaimed novels including recent bestsellers Pattern Recognition, Spook Country, and Zero History. Renowned scholar Gary Westfahl draws upon extensive research to provide a compelling account of Gibson's writing career and his lasting influence in the science fiction world. Delving into numerous science fiction fanzines that the young Gibson contributed to and edited, Westfahl delivers new information about Gibson's childhood and adolescence. He describes for the first time more than eighty virtually unknown Gibson publications from his early years, including articles, reviews, poems, cartoons, letters, and a collaborative story. The book also documents the poems, articles, and introductions that Gibson has written for various books, and its discussions are enriched by illuminating comments from various print and online interviews. The works that made Gibson famous are also featured, as Westfahl performs extended analyses of Gibson's ten novels and nineteen short stories. Lastly, the book presents a new interview with Gibson in which the author discusses his correspondence with author Fritz Leiber, his relationship with the late scholar Susan Wood, his attitudes toward critics, his overall impact on the field of science fiction, and his recently completed screenplay and forthcoming novel."This comprehensive study will go down as the definitive book on William Gibson's career. Gary Westfahl's indefatigable research digs up virtually everything pertinent about Gibson."--James Gunn, founding director of the Center for the Study of Science Fiction. Gary Westfahl is an adjunct professor teaching in the Writing Program at the University of La Verne. His many publications on science fiction include the three-volume Greenwood Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy and the Hugo Award-nominated Science Fiction Quotations: From the Inner Mind to the Outer Limits -- Publisher's website
Space and beyond : the frontier theme in science fiction ( Book )
7 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 232 libraries worldwide
Unearthly visions : approaches to science fiction and fantasy art ( Book )
4 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 222 libraries worldwide
Science fiction, canonization, marginalization, and the academy ( Book )
7 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 218 libraries worldwide
Science fiction occupies a peculiar place in the academic study of literature. For decades, scholars have looked at science fiction with disdain and have criticized it for being inferior to other types of literature. But despite the sentiments of these traditionalists, many works of science fiction engage recognized canonical texts, such as the Odyssey, and many traditionally canonical works contain elements of science fiction. More recently, the canon has been subject to revision, as scholars have deliberately sought to include works that reflect diversity and have participated in the serious
Science fiction and the two cultures : essays on bridging the gap between the sciences and the humanities ( Book )
8 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 216 libraries worldwide
"Essays are arranged chronologically and form a historical survey of science fiction, showing how early writers like Dante and Mary Shelley revealed a gradual shift toward a genuine understanding of science; and how H.G. Wells first showed the possibilities of a literature that could combine scientific and humanistic perspectives"--Provided by publisher
Immortal engines : life extension and immortality in science fiction and fantasy ( Book )
6 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 209 libraries worldwide
These nineteen original essays seek to recontextualize the subject of immortality, examining its influence as an ancient human aspiration while at the same time considering new scientific advances and their impact on life and literature. Grouped in three broad categories, the essays provide key information about and concepts of immortality, examine science fiction stories and scientific research to consider the prospects and possible effects of achieving immortality, and discuss immortality and life extension as literary themes. The topics the essays focus on, as well as the perspectives of the contributors, range widely: genetics, cryonics, Marxism, Darwinism, cyberspace, feminist writing, religion, Italian science fiction, film, children's literature, video games, and comic books
Foods of the gods : eating and the eaten in fantasy and science fiction by Eaton Conference on Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature( Book )
4 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 192 libraries worldwide
Gluttony and starvation, pleasure and pain, growth and decay. These and other extremes of our condition related to food, though all but banned from the "civilized" tables of mainstream fiction, are ideal topics for the "undomesticated," free-roaming modes of fantasy and science fiction. As acts and ideas, food and eating are fundamental to all that makes us human and dominate our symbolic realms of art, literature, and cuisine. These essays show us the power of speculative modes of fiction to help us look anew at prehistorical and psychomythical attitudes toward food and eating; historical and Western-cultural attitudes toward the material fact of food and the necessity of eating; and the relationship between attitudes toward food and how, how much, when, and where we eat
No cure for the future : disease and medicine in science fiction and fantasy ( Book )
6 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 184 libraries worldwide
Science fiction and market realities ( Book )
4 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 161 libraries worldwide
Through case studies, other contributors relate science fiction to other forms of "underground" literature, consider the continual cycle of illegitimate art replacing legitimate art, look at young readers of science fiction, chart the rising and falling "stock" of science fiction writers' reputations, and consider the influence of editors on a writer's work
Science fiction and the prediction of the future : essays on foresight and fallacy by Gary Westfahl( Book )
7 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 136 libraries worldwide
"Science fiction has always intrigued readers with depictions of an unforeseen future. Can the genre actually provide audiences with a glance into the world of tomorrow? This collection of fifteen international and interdisciplinary essays examines the genre's predictions and breaks new ground by considering the prophetic functions of science fiction films, as well as science fiction literature"--Provided by publisher
The spacesuit film : a history, 1918-1969 by Gary Westfahl( Book )
8 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 89 libraries worldwide
"This critical history comprehensively examines science fiction films that portray space travel realistically by having characters wear spacesuits. It discusses classics; innumerable films which gesture toward realism but betray that goal with melodramatic villains, low comedy, or improbably monsters; the distinctive spacesuit films of Western Europe, Russia and Japan; and America's televised Apollo 11 moon landing (1969)"--Provided by publisher
Beyond the wall : exploring George R.R. Martin's A song of ice and fire, from A game of thrones to A dance with Dragons by James Lowder( Book )
2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
"The epic game of thrones chronicled in George R.R. Martin's A song of ice and fire series has captured the imaginations of millions of readers. In Beyond the wall, bestselling authors and acclaimed critics offer up thought-provoking essays and compelling insights..."--Cover p. [4]
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Gary Westfahl American academic
Gary Westfahl Amerikaans specialist in literatuur
Gary Westfahl US-amerikanischer Lehrer und Literaturwissenschaftler
Westfahl Gary 1951-....
Westfahl, Gary Weseley 1951-
Westfahl, Gary Wesley 1951-
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