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The Cambridge Companion to American Science Fiction

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Gary Westfahl, Darren Harris-Fain, David M. Higgins, Lisa Yaszek, Alexis Lothian, Mark Bould, Rob Latham, Sherryl Vint, Matthew Costello, Patrick Jagoda, Karen Hellekson, John Rieder, Priscilla Wald, Roger Luckhurst, Rebekah C. Sheldon
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  • Date Published: January 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107694279

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  • The Cambridge Companion to American Science Fiction explores the relationship between the ideas and themes of American science fiction and their roots in the American cultural experience. Science fiction in America has long served to reflect the country's hopes, desires, ambitions, and fears. The ideas and conventions associated with science fiction are pervasive throughout American film and television, comics and visual arts, games and gaming, and fandom, as well as across the culture writ large. Through essays that address not only the history of science fiction in America but also the influence and significance of American science fiction throughout media and fan culture, this companion serves as a key resource for scholars, teachers, students, and fans of science fiction.

    • Compactness - this volume is more accessible and usable in the classroom when compared with some of the other massive handbooks to science fiction
    • Offers the only 'companion-style' treatment of the subject that looks specifically at American science fiction
    • Complements the 2003 Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction
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    • Date Published: January 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107694279
    • length: 290 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 150 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.39kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The mightiest machine: the development of American science fiction from the 1920s to the 1960s Gary Westfahl
    2. Dangerous visions: new-wave and post-new-wave science fiction Darren Harris-Fain
    3. American science fiction after 9/11 David M. Higgins
    4. Afrofuturism in American science fiction Lisa Yaszek
    5. Feminist and queer science fiction in America Alexis Lothian
    6. The futures market: American utopias Mark Bould
    7. American slipstream: science fiction and literary respectability Rob Latham
    8. Hollywood science fiction Sherryl Vint
    9. US superpower and superpowered Americans in science fiction and comic books Matthew Costello
    10. Digital games and science fiction Patrick Jagoda
    11. Fandom and fan culture Karen Hellekson
    12. American frontiers John Rieder
    13. Science, technology and the environment Priscilla Wald
    14. American weird Roger Luckhurst
    15. After America Rebekah C. Sheldon.

  • Editors

    Gerry Canavan, Marquette University, Wisconsin
    Gerry Canavan is Assistant Professor of Twentieth- and Twenty-First-Century Literature at Marquette University. He is the co-editor, with Kim Stanley Robinson, of Green Planets: Ecology and Science Fiction. He has also published articles on race, violence, and utopia in zombie narrative in Extrapolation and Science Fiction Film and Television.

    Eric Carl Link, University of Memphis
    Eric Carl Link is Professor of American Literature and Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Memphis. He is the author of several books, including Crosscurrents: Readings in the Disciplines, Understanding Philip K. Dick, The Vast and Terrible Drama: American Literary Naturalism in the Late Nineteenth Century and Neutral Ground: New Traditionalism and the American Romance Controversy. He has also published numerous articles in the field of American literature.


    Gary Westfahl, Darren Harris-Fain, David M. Higgins, Lisa Yaszek, Alexis Lothian, Mark Bould, Rob Latham, Sherryl Vint, Matthew Costello, Patrick Jagoda, Karen Hellekson, John Rieder, Priscilla Wald, Roger Luckhurst, Rebekah C. Sheldon

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