A Companion to Science Fiction

A Companion to Science Fiction

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A Companion to Science Fiction assembles essays by an international range of scholars which discuss the contexts, themes and methods used by science fiction writers.

  • This Companion conveys the scale and variety of science fiction.
  • Shows how science fiction has been used as a means of debating cultural issues.
  • Essays by an international range of scholars discuss the contexts, themes and methods used by science fiction writers.
  • Addresses general topics, such as the history and origins of the genre, its engagement with science and gender, and national variations of science fiction around the English-speaking world.
  • Maps out connections between science fiction, television, the cinema, virtual reality technology, and other aspects of the culture.
  • Includes a section focusing on major figures, such as H.G. Wells, Arthur C. Clarke, and Ursula Le Guin.
  • Offers close readings of particular novels, from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein to Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale.

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In a reader that demonstrates the broad scope of science fiction and includes both novels and films, Seed (American literature, U. of Liverpool, UK) compiles 41 essays by international authors, including coverage of general topics as well as specific authors and works in English. Initial essays covering the history of the genre are followed by discussion of topics often explored within the genre such as utopia, religion, gothic science fiction, ecology, feminism, and the Cold War. The section on genres includes essays on hard science fiction, new wave, cyberpunk, and postmodernism. Although Seed narrows the primary focus of this reader to works in English, a section is devoted to Canadian, Asian, and Australian science fiction. Essays on specific writers like Isaac Asimov, Philip K. Dick, and Ursula K. Le Guin, are followed by analyses of specific works by Margaret Atwood, Ray Bradbury, Mary Shelley, and Aldous Huxley, among others. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Malden, MA ; Oxford : Blackwell, 2005
Description: xvi, 612 p. ; 26 cm
ISBN: 9781405112185
Branch Call Number: 809.3876 Com
Additional Contributors: Seed, David.


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