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Author Roberts, Adam (Adam Charles)

Title Science fiction / Adam Roberts.

Published London ; New York : Routledge, 1999.

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 UniM Bail  809.38762 ROBE    AVAILABLE
Physical description ix, 204 pages ; 21 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Three definitions 7 -- SF novum 19 -- Difference 28 -- Prediction and nostalgia 30 -- Case study: Frank Herbert, Dune (1965) 36 -- 2 History of science fiction: from beginnings to the 1960s 47 -- Origins 47 -- Jules Verne and H G Wells 59 -- Pulp SF 67 -- Golden Age: Asimov 75 -- New Wave 79 -- Case study: Star Wars (1977) and intertextuality 84 -- 3 Gender 91 -- Feminist science fiction 91 -- Women and aliens 100 -- Case study: Ursula Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness (1969) 106 -- 4 Race 118 -- Representing race 121 -- Race and Star Trek 127 -- Alien abduction 132 -- Case study: blackness in Sonnenfeld's Men in Black (1997) 137 -- 5 Technology and metaphor 146 -- Spaceships 151 -- Robots 158 -- Cyberspace 167 -- Case study: William Gibson, Neuromancer (1984) 169.
Summary Science fiction is one of the most vigorous and exciting areas of modern culture -- from ground breaking novels of ideas to blockbusters on the cinema screen. In Science Fiction, Adam Roberts offers a clear and engaging account of the phenomenon, illustrating the critical terminology and following the contours of its ongoing history. You will find that this book: -- provides a concise history of science fiction, and explores the key concepts in SF criticism and theory-- focuses particularly on the impact that postmodernism and technological advances have had on the subject-- examines the interactions between science fiction and science fact -- with events such as the moon landings, the Challenger disaster and the film Apollo 13
Subject Science fiction -- History and criticism.
ISBN 0415192048 (hc)
0415192056 (paperback)