History of Science Fiction

ISBN-10: 0230546919
ISBN-13: 9780230546912
Edition: 2006
Authors: Adam Roberts
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Description: The first comprehensive critical history of SF for thirty years, this book traces the origin and development of science fiction from Ancient Greece, via its rebirth in the seventeenth century, up to the present day. Concentrating on literary SF and  More...

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List price: $31.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 11/28/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.342

The first comprehensive critical history of SF for thirty years, this book traces the origin and development of science fiction from Ancient Greece, via its rebirth in the seventeenth century, up to the present day. Concentrating on literary SF and (in the later chapters) cinema and TV, it also discusses the myriad forms this genre takes in the contemporary world, including a chapter on graphic novels, SF pop music, visual art and ufology. The author is ideally placed to write it: both an academic literary critic and also an acclaimed creative writer of science fiction, with five novels and many short stories to his credit. Written in lively, accessible prose, this study is specifically designed to bridge the worlds of academic criticism and the SF fandom. The History of Science Fiction argues that, even today, this flourishing cultural idiom is shaped by the forces that determined its rise to prominence in the 1600s: the dialogue between Protestant and Catholic worldviews, the emerging technologies of the industrial age, and the cultural anxieties and excitements of a rapidly changing world. Now available in paperback, it will be of interest to all students, researchers and fans of SF.

Introduction: Defining SF
Origins
The Seventeenth-Century
The Eighteenth-Century
Early Nineteenth-Century
Late Nineteenth-Century
Wells and Verne
Early Twentieth-Century I: 'Pulp'
Early Twentieth-Century II: 'High-brow'
Golden Age SF. 1940-1960
1960s Counter-Culture
'New Wave' SF 1960s and 1970s
Cyberpunk and the 1980s
Visual SF 1967-2000
Non Anglo-American SF
SF in the 1990s
Coda: the current state of the genre
Index

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