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Westfahl, Gary

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Works: 34 works in 155 publications in 1 language and 10,449 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Encyclopedias  History  Dictionaries  Quotations  Conference proceedings  Interviews  Illustrations  Biography 
Roles: Editor, Other
Classifications: PS374.S35, 809.3876203
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Science fiction quotations from the inner mind to the outer limits ( file )
7 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 1,430 libraries worldwide
In this unprecedented collection of science fiction and fantasy quotations, the reader revisits the stunning moment when Mary Shelley's Frankenstein first comes to life; witnesses the transformation of Robert Louis Stevenson's Dr. Jekyll into Mr. Hyde; is present when Bruce Wayne resolves to become Batman; and overhears the cosmic conclusions of The Incredible Shrinking Man. Drawing upon two centuries of the vast and provocative literature of science fiction and fantasy, this comprehensive book presents more than 2,900 quotations from wide-ranging sources, including science fiction and fantasy stories, novels, films and television programmes. The quotations are organised by topic - alien worlds; darkness and light; robots, androids and cyborgs; machines and technology; weapons; and more than one hundred others. The reader will encounter the wit and wisdom of renowned authors (H. G. Wells, Ray Bradbury, J. R. R. Tolkien, Ursula K. Le Guin) along with definitive versions of such important statements as Isaac Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics and Star Trek's Prime Directive. With its thorough index, this book is both an invaluable resource for the writer or scholar and an irresistible page-turner for the curious browser
Science fiction, children's literature, and popular culture coming of age in fantasyland by Gary Westfahl( file )
8 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 1,345 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
Worlds enough and time explorations of time in science fiction and fantasy ( file )
8 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 1,186 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 where Napoleon was triumphant at Waterloo or the South won the Civil War. Writers ranging from Dante and Lewis Carroll to Philip K. Dick and Martin Amis have probed into the workings of time, and an overwhelming desire to master time reverberates throughout popular culture. This book considers how imaginative works involving time and
Science fiction, canonization, marginalization, and the academy ( file )
6 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 1,075 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 study of popular culture. But these attempts to create a more inclusive canon have nonetheless continued to marginalize science fiction. This book examines the treatment of science fiction within the academy.''The expert contributors to this volume explore a wide range of topics related to the place of science fiction in literary studies. These include academic attitudes toward science fiction, the role of journals and cultural gatekeepers in canon formation, and the marginalization of specific works and authors by literary critics. In addition, the volume gives special attention to multicultural and feminist concerns. In discussing these topics, the book sheds considerable light on much broader issues related to the politics of literary studies and academic inquiry
World weavers globalization, science fiction, and the cybernetic revolution by Kin-yuen Wong( file )
5 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 899 libraries worldwide
William Gibson by Gary Westfahl( file )
7 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 490 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
The Greenwood encyclopedia of science fiction and fantasy : themes, works, and wonders ( Book )
7 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 395 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 370 libraries worldwide
The mechanics of wonder : the creation of the idea of science fiction by Gary Westfahl( Book )
7 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 338 libraries worldwide
Nursery realms : children in the worlds of science fiction, fantasy, and horror by Eaton conference on science fiction and fantasy literature( Book )
6 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 314 libraries worldwide
Beyond the Wall Exploring George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire, From A Game of Thrones to A Dance with Drago ( file )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 301 libraries worldwide
Foreword by New York Times bestselling author R.A. SalvatoreGo beyond the Wall and across the narrow sea with this collection about George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire, from A Game of Thrones to A Dance with Dragons. 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:Daniel Abraham reveals the unique challenges of adapting the original books into graphic novels. Westeros.org fou
Space and beyond : the frontier theme in science fiction ( Book )
7 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 237 libraries worldwide
Science fiction and the prediction of the future : essays on foresight and fallacy by Gary Westfahl( Book )
6 editions published in 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 229 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
Unearthly visions : approaches to science fiction and fantasy art ( Book )
3 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 216 libraries worldwide
Immortal engines : life extension and immortality in science fiction and fantasy ( Book )
6 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 204 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
Science fiction and the two cultures : essays on bridging the gap between the sciences and the humanities ( Book )
4 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 203 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
Foods of the gods : eating and the eaten in fantasy and science fiction ( Book )
3 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 186 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 178 libraries worldwide
Science fiction and market realities ( Book )
4 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 159 libraries worldwide
This volume is filled with real-world insights into how and why writers, editors, and critics both resist and participate in the commerce of culture. As a forward-looking and often iconoclastic genre, science fiction, in its market context, has much to offer other modes of literary expression that traditionally face future uncertainties with comparatively less relish
The Encyclopedia of science fiction by John Clute( Book )
2 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 156 libraries worldwide
This huge volume is the first comprehensive encyclopedia of the fantasy field. Not only does it describe the genre authoritatively, but it redefines it, offering an exciting new analysis of this highly diverse and hugely popular sphere of art. With more than 4,000 entries and over one million words, this volume covers every aspect of fantasy-literature, film, television, opera, art, and comics. Written and compiled by a team of editors with unparalleled collective experience in the field, it is an invaluable reference for anyone interested in the art of the fantastic. This paperback edition includes thirty-two pages of update material obtained since the hardcover when to press. - Publisher
 
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Westfahl Gary 1951-....
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