9780415366687

Science Fiction

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  • ISBN13:

    9780415366687

  • ISBN10:

    0415366682

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Nonspecific Binding
  • Copyright: 2006-01-13
  • Publisher: RoutledgeFalmer

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Summary

Science Fiction is a fascinating and comprehensive introduction to one of the most popular areas of modern culture. This second edition reflects how the field is rapidly changing in both its practice and its critical reception. With an entirely new conclusion and all other chapters fully reworked and updated, this volume includes:* a concise history of science fiction and the ways in which the genre has been used and defined* explanations of key concepts in Science Fiction criticism and theory through chapters such as Gender, Race, Technology and Metaphor* examines the interactions between Science Fiction and Science Fact* anchors each chapter with a case study drawn from short story, book or film, from Frank Herbert's Duneto Star Wars, from The Left Hand of Darkness to Neuromancer.Introducing the reader to nineteenth-century, Pulp, Golden Age, New Wave, Feminist and Cyberpunk science fictions, this is the essential contemporary guide to a major cultural movement.

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Preface vii
Preface to the Second Edition and Acknowledgements viii
Defining science fiction
1(36)
Some formalist definitions of SF
3(4)
Three definitions
7(9)
Difference
16(4)
Structuralist approaches
20(4)
Prediction and nostalgia
24(4)
Case study: Frank Herbert's Dune (1965)
28(9)
The history of SF
37(34)
The long history of science fiction
38(4)
The gothic history of SF
42(8)
The Gernsbackian history of SF
50(6)
The golden age: Asimov
56(4)
SF in the 1960s and 1970s
60(1)
New wave
61(5)
Case study: Star Wars (1977) and intertextuality
66(5)
SF and gender
71(23)
Feminist science fiction
71(7)
Women and aliens
78(6)
Case study: Ursula Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness (1969)
84(10)
SF and race
94(16)
Representing race
96(6)
Race and Star Trek
102(3)
Alien abduction
105(1)
Case study: Butler's xenogenesis
106(4)
SF and technology
110(24)
Spaceships
112(4)
Robots
116(7)
Cyberspace
123(2)
Case study: William Gibson, Neuromancer (1984)
125(9)
Conclusion
134(15)
Metaphor
135(4)
Metaphor and the literal
139(4)
Ricoeur
143(3)
Religion
146(3)
Bibliography 149(7)
Index 156

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