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The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction

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Farah Mendlesohn, Brian Stableford, Brian Attebery, Damien Broderick, John Clute, Mark Bould, Gary K. Wolfe, Istvan Csicsery-Ronay Jr, Veronica Hollinger, Andrew M. Butler, Wendy Pearson, Gwyneth Jones, Joan Slonczewski, Michael Levy, Kathryn Cramer, Gary Westfahl, Andy Duncan, Edward James, Ken MacLeod, Helen Merrick, Elisabeth Anne Leonard
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  • Date Published: December 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521816267

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  • Science fiction is at the intersection of numerous fields. It is literature which draws on popular culture, and engages in speculation about science, history, and all varieties of social relations. This volume brings together essays by scholars and practitioners of science fiction, which look at the genre from different angles. It examines science fiction from Thomas More to the present day; and introduces important critical approaches (including Marxism, postmodernism, feminism and queer theory).

    • A comprehensive introduction to science fiction
    • Offers a broad range of approaches, including historical, thematic and theoretical chapters
    • Essays written by science fiction writers as well as scholars
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    Prizes

    • Winner of the British Science Fiction Association Award for Best Non-Fiction of 2003
    • Winner of the Hugo Prize 2005 (Best related Book)

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    "...an excellent introduction..." Steven Silver's Reviews

    "The quality of the writing is consistently high, combining clever observation, crisp phrasing, and edifying illustration. [...] We all should be glad to have the book, which performs a conisiderable and important sevice: it will be a core text of our critical toolbox for years to come." Science Fiction Studies

    "An excellent introduction to SF as a field and also a book that can be read with interest by both SF fans and by literature students." Emerald City

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    • Date Published: December 2003
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521816267
    • length: 328 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.65kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of contributors
    Foreword
    Acknowledgements
    Chronology
    Introduction: reading science fiction Farah Mendlesohn
    Part I. The History:
    1. Science fiction before the genre Brian Stableford
    2. The magazine era:
    1926–1960 Brian Attebery
    3. New wave and backwash:
    1960–1980 Damien Broderick
    4. Science fiction from 1980 to the present John Clute
    5. Film and television Mark Bould
    6. Science fiction and its editors Gary K. Wolfe
    Part II. Critical Approaches:
    7. Marxist theory and science fiction Istvan Csicsery-Ronay, Jr
    8. Feminist theory and science fiction Veronica Hollinger
    9. Postmodernism and science fiction Andrew M. Butler
    10. Science fiction and queer theory Wendy Pearson
    Part III. Sub-Genres and Themes:
    11. The icons of science fiction Gwyneth Jones
    12. Science fiction and the life sciences Joan Slonczewski and Michael Levy
    13. Hard science fiction Kathryn Cramer
    14. Space opera Gary Westfahl
    15. Alternate history Andy Duncan
    16. Utopias and anti-utopias Edward James
    17. Politics and science fiction Ken MacLeod
    18. Gender in science fiction Helen Merrick
    19. Race and ethnicity in science fiction Elisabeth Anne Leonard
    20. Religion and science fiction Farah Mendlesohn
    Further reading
    Index.

  • Editors

    Edward James, University College Dublin

    Farah Mendlesohn, Middlesex University, London

    Contributors

    Farah Mendlesohn, Brian Stableford, Brian Attebery, Damien Broderick, John Clute, Mark Bould, Gary K. Wolfe, Istvan Csicsery-Ronay Jr, Veronica Hollinger, Andrew M. Butler, Wendy Pearson, Gwyneth Jones, Joan Slonczewski, Michael Levy, Kathryn Cramer, Gary Westfahl, Andy Duncan, Edward James, Ken MacLeod, Helen Merrick, Elisabeth Anne Leonard

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