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Starboard Wine

Author : Samuel R. Delany
ISBN : 9780575119314
Genre : Fiction
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In Starboard Wine, Samuel Delany explores the implications of his now-famous assertion that science fiction is not about the future. Rather, it uses the future as a means of talking about the present and its potentiality. By recognizing a text's specific "difference", we begin to see the quality of its particulars. Through riveting analyses of works by Joanna Russ, Robert Heinlein, Theodore Sturgeon, and Thomas M. Disch, Delany reveals critical strategies for reading that move beyond overwrought theorizing and formulaic thinking. Throughout, the author performs the kinds of careful inquiry and urgent speculation that he calls others to engage in.

Flashes Of The Fantastic

Author : David Ketterer
ISBN : 0313316074
Genre : Literary Criticism
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H. G. Wells's first and fourth novels, The Time Machine and The War of the Worlds, have together largely created the science fiction genre. The centennial of the initial publication of The War of the Worlds was the focus of the 19th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, and this volume includes selected essays from that conference. The first section of the book offers fresh interpretations of The War of the Worlds, while the second looks at Wells's other contributions and his shaping influence on science fiction and fantasy. The third includes papers on the art of noted science fiction writer Peter Straub, while the fourth explores a diverse range of topics related to the fantastic.

The Routledge Companion To Science Fiction

Author : Mark Bould
ISBN : 9781135228361
Genre : Fiction
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The Routledge Companion to Science Fiction is a comprehensive overview of the history and study of science fiction. It outlines major writers, movements, and texts in the genre, established critical approaches and areas for future study. Fifty-six entries by a team of renowned international contributors are divided into four parts which look, in turn, at: history – an integrated chronological narrative of the genre’s development theory – detailed accounts of major theoretical approaches including feminism, Marxism, psychoanalysis, cultural studies, postcolonialism, posthumanism and utopian studies issues and challenges – anticipates future directions for study in areas as diverse as science studies, music, design, environmentalism, ethics and alterity subgenres – a prismatic view of the genre, tracing themes and developments within specific subgenres. Bringing into dialogue the many perspectives on the genre The Routledge Companion to Science Fiction is essential reading for anyone interested in the history and the future of science fiction and the way it is taught and studied.

Science Fiction

Author : Brian Baker
ISBN : 9781137474469
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This Guide summarises the main critical trends and developments surrounding the popular genre of science fiction. Brian Baker reviews the attempts to formulate a critical history, connects the major developments with the rise of theoretical paradigms such as feminism and postmodernism, and introduces key critical texts and major critics.

The Battle Of The Sexes In Science Fiction

Author : Justine Larbalestier
ISBN : 081956527X
Genre : Fiction
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How women and feminism helped to shape science fiction in America.

The Cambridge Companion To American Science Fiction

Author : Gerry Canavan
ISBN : 9781107052468
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This Companion explores the relationship between the ideas and themes of American science fiction and their roots in the American cultural experience.

Gender Race And American Science Fiction

Author : Jason Haslam
ISBN : 9781317574255
Genre : Fiction
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This book focuses on the interplay of gender, race, and their representation in American science fiction, from the nineteenth-century through to the twenty-first, and across a number of forms including literature and film. Haslam explores the reasons why SF provides such a rich medium for both the preservation of and challenges to dominant mythologies of gender and race. Defining SF linguistically and culturally, the study argues that this mode is not only able to illuminate the cultural and social histories of gender and race, but so too can it intervene in those histories, and highlight the ruptures present within them. The volume moves between material history and the linguistic nature of SF fantasies, from the specifics of race and gender at different points in American history to larger analyses of the socio-cultural functions of such identity categories. SF has already become central to discussions of humanity in the global capitalist age, and is increasingly the focus of feminist and critical race studies; in combining these earlier approaches, this book goes further, to demonstrate why SF must become central to our discussions of identity writ large, of the possibilities and failings of the human —past, present, and future. Focusing on the interplay of whiteness and its various 'others' in relation to competing gender constructs, chapters analyze works by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mary E. Bradley Lane, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Philip Francis Nowlan, George S. Schuyler and the Wachowskis, Frank Herbert, William Gibson, and Octavia Butler. Academics and students interested in the study of Science Fiction, American literature and culture, and Whiteness Studies, as well as those engaged in critical gender and race studies, will find this volume invaluable.

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