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Science fiction and futurism : their terms and ideas

Author: Ace G Pilkington; David Brin
Publisher: Jefferson, North Carolina : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, [2017] ©2017
Series: Critical explorations in science fiction and fantasy, 58.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book is about the terms that collected, clarified, and crystallized those ideas, sometimes showing them off and sometimes propelling them to fame and making them the common currency of our culture. There are alphabetical entries with plentiful cross references. Reading the entries will serve a guided tour of the vast territories occupied by science fiction and futurism"--
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Dictionaries
Encyclopedias
Terminology
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ace G Pilkington; David Brin
ISBN: 9780786498567 0786498560
OCLC Number: 973481576
Description: xi, 222 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: Acknowledgments xiForeword by David Brin 1Key and Abbreviations 3Preface 5Introduction 11Part One: The Terms of Science and Its FictionsAlter Ego 21Anachronism 24Artificial Intelligence 27Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics 29Atomics 34Bad Code 41BEM (Bug-Eyed Monster) 42Big Dumb Objects 43Bobble 45Chronotransference 45Clarke's Laws 46Corpsicle 47Cosmogony of the Future 48Cryonics 51Cyberspace 55Death Ray 58Deep Blue 60Doomsday Machine 66Fermis 71First Contact 74Frankenstein Complex 77Gas Giant 80Goldilocks Planet 81"He's dead, Jim." 81Internet of Things 82Ion Drive 83Juno Spacecraft 86Kludge 89MacGyver 91Metalaw 92Multiplex Parenting 97Mutant 99Nanotechnology 105Neural Lace 108Pellegrino, Powell and Asimov's Three Laws of Alien Behavior 111Positronic Brain 113Railgun 114Realtime 118Robot 119Robotics 123SETI 123Solar Sail 126Solo Parenting 130Stepford Wives 131Teleportation 132Time Bunny 136Time Machine 137Timequake 139Timeskip 140Timeslip 140Uncanny Valley 142Uplift 145Uterine Replicator 149Utility Fog 151Wolfling 152Part Two: Genre TermsAlternate (or Alternative) History 155Archetype 156Cassandras 157Fantasy 160Faust 161Fictions of Nuclear Disaster 166Fixup 170Hard SF 170Lost Colony 171Lost World Story 172Monomyth 173Proto-Science Fiction 178Rim World 178Ruritania 179Science Fantasy 180Science Fiction 181Scientific Romance 182Sci-Fi 184Separable Soul 185Speculative Fiction 185Speculative History 188Speculative Nonfiction 189Technothriller 190Works Cited 193Index 213
Series Title: Critical explorations in science fiction and fantasy, 58.
Responsibility: Ace G. Pilkington ; foreword by David Brin.

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