Speaking Science Fiction

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1/2/2001
  • Publisher: Liverpool University Press
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This wide-ranging volume explores the various dialogues that flourish between different aspects of science fiction: academics and fans, writers and readers; ideological stances and national styles; different interpretations of the genre; and how language and ‘voices' are used in constructing SF. Introduced by the acclaimed novelist Brian W. Aldiss, the essays range from studies of writers such as Robert A. Heinlein, who are considered as the ‘heart' of the genre, to more contemporary writers such as Jack Womack and J. G. Ballard.

Table of Contents

Speaking Science Fiction: Introduction
Brian W. Aldiss
Who Speaks Science Fiction?
Andy Sawyer
Science Fiction Dialogues
David Seed
Speaking of Homeplace, Speaking from Someplace
Candas Jane Dorsey
Speaking Science Fiction---Out of Anxiety?
Josef Nesvadba
Science Fiction as Language: Postmodernism and Mainstream: Some Reflections
Jose Manuel Mota
`Fantastic Dialogues': Critical Stories about Feminism and Science Fiction
Helen Merrick
Vicissitudes of the Voice, Speaking Science Fiction
Roger Luckhurst
`A Language of the Future': Discursive Constructions of the Subject in A Clockwork Orange and Random Acts of Senseless Violence
Veronica Hollinger
Speaking the Body: The Embodiment of `Feminist' Cyberpunk
Bronwen Calvert
Sue Walsh
Bodies that Speak Science Fiction: Stelarc---Performance Artist `Becoming Posthuman'
Ross Farnell
Science Fiction and the Gender of Knowledge
Brian Attebery
Corporatism and the Corporate Ethos in Robert Heinlein's `The Roads Must Roll'
Farah Mendlesohn
Convention and Displacement: Narrator, Narratee, and Virtual Reader in Science Fiction
Daniele Chatelain
George Slusser
Aphasia and Mother Tongue: Themes of Language Creation and Silence in Women's Science Fiction
Nickianne Moody
`My Particular Virus': (Re-) Reading Jack Womack's Dryco Chronicles
Andrew M. Butler
Aliens in the Fourth Dimension
Gwyneth Jones
Freefall in Inner Space: From Crash to Crash Technology
Simon Sellars
Notes on Contributors 233(4)
Index 237

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