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Irish science fiction

Irish science fiction

Author: Jack Fennell
Publisher: Liverpool : Liverpool University Press, 2014.
Series: Liverpool science fiction texts and studies, 48.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Irish Science Fiction revisits a critical paradigm that has often been overlooked or dismissed by science fiction scholars - namely, that science fiction can be understood in terms of myth. Science fiction springs from pseudo-science rather than 'proper' science, because pseudo-science is more easily converted into narrative; in this book it is argued that different cultures produce distinct pseudo-sciences, and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jack Fennell
ISBN: 9781781381199 1781381194
OCLC Number: 898058005
Description: viii, 264 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. Mad science and the Empire : Fitz-James O'Brien and Robert Cromie --
2. 'Future War' and gender in nineteenth-century Ireland --
3. Nationalist fantasies of the early twentieth century --
4. States of emergency : Irish SF During World War II --
5. The 1960s : Lemass, modernization and the Cold War --
6. The Wrong history : Bob Shaw, James White and the Troubles --
7. Exotic Doom : the SF of Ian McDonald --
8. The Dystopian decades : from Recession to Tiger and back again --
9. The Shape of Irish SF to come.
Series Title: Liverpool science fiction texts and studies, 48.
Responsibility: Jack Fennell.


An innovative examination of Irish science fiction from the 1850s to the present day, covering material written both in Irish and in English. Considering science fiction novels and short stories in  Read more...


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