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Science Fiction Stories and Contexts



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Excellent collections of science fiction abound, but very few have been prepared expressly for classroom use. Heather Masri, editor ofScience Fiction: Stories and Contexts, has prepared an anthology that recognizes, and is designed to meet, the needs of students and instructors in an introductory survey course in science fiction.Grouped into major themes, her comprehensive selection of fiction enjoyable and captivating stories, notable for their literary, philosophical, and cultural richness are by classic and emerging writers from the nineteenth to the twenty-first centuries. The stories are uniquely complemented by contextual documents that suggest the scholarly, theoretical, and historical currents that drove the development of the genre, and informative editorial matter that contributes to the book's flexibility for instructors and usefulness for students.

Author Biography

Heather Masri (Ph.D. New York University) is a full-time faculty member and former assistant dean in the General Studies Program at New York University, an interdisciplinary liberal arts program with an emphasis on primary texts. Her academic specialty is eighteenth century English literature, but she is a generalist with broad, interdisciplinary interests whose courses include literature, art, music, and film. She has taught writing intensive courses on literature and critical theory, including courses on representations of technology and the history and themes of science fiction. She is a member of the Science Fiction Research Association, and has been teaching science fiction at New York University since 1990.

Table of Contents

A Brief Introduction to Science Fiction and Its History
A Selective Guide to Science Fiction Research
Alien Encounters
Mars Is Heaven!(1948)
When I Was Miss Dow(1966)
Vaster Than Empires and More Slow(1971)
Wang's Carpets(1995)
Slow Life(2002)
Critical Contexts for Alien Encounters
The Shadow(1951)
The Fact of Blackness(1952)
Artificial Life
The Sandman(1816) Mary Shelley, fromFrankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus(1818; 1831)
Second Variety(1953)
"Baby, You Were Great!" (1967)
The Girl Who Was Plugged In(1973)
Burning Chrome(1985)
The Algorithms for Love(2004)
Critical Contexts for Artificial Life
The Uncanny(1919; 1924)
The Precession of Simulacra(1981)
"A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist
Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century (1985; 1991)
Master Zacharius(1854)
The Gostak and the Doshes(1930)
Vintage Season(1946)
"All You Zombies — " (1959)
When We Went to See the End of the World(1972)
The Lucky Strike(1984)
At the Rialto(1989)
Story of Your Life(1998)
Start the Clock(2004)
Critical Contexts on Time Jean-Paul Sartre, fromBeing and Nothingness(1943)
The Historian and His Facts(1961)
To Build a Time Machine(1994)
Utopias and Dystopias Yevgeny Zamyatin, fromWe(1921)
The Weapon Shop(1942)
Country of the Kind(1955)
"Repent, Harlequin!" Said the Ticktockman(1965)
When It Changed(1972)
The Persistence of Vision(1978)
Dead Space for the Unexpected(1994)
Something to Hitch Meat to(2001)
Critical Contexta for Utopias and Dystopias
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