Science Fiction Handbook

ISBN-10: 1405162066
ISBN-13: 9781405162067
Edition: 2009 (Handbook (Instructor's))
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Description: This indispensable Handbook provides a unique and comprehensive survey of the field of science fiction looking at the history of this increasingly popular genre. With features on key science fiction authors including George Orwell and Mageret  More...

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Book details

List price: $22.99
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Limited
Publication date: 3/31/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 356
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.276
Language: English

This indispensable Handbook provides a unique and comprehensive survey of the field of science fiction looking at the history of this increasingly popular genre. With features on key science fiction authors including George Orwell and Mageret Atwood, together with extensive discussion of major science fiction novels and sequences, this handbook is essential reading for anyone interested in or studying Science Fiction and its many subgenres.Essential reading for anyone interested in the genre, The Science Fiction Handbook presents a historical survey of this popular genre including the most important subgenres, such as time-travel narratives, alien-invasion narratives, dystopian science fiction, and cyberpunk. Each subgenre survey includes an extensive list of relevant critical readings, recommended novels in the subgenre, and recommended films relevant to the subgenre. Features entries on a number of key science fiction authors and extensive discussion of major science fiction novels or sequences. Writers and works include Isaac Asimov; Margaret Atwood; George Orwell; Ursula K. Le Guin; The War of the Worlds (1898); Starship Troopers (1959); Mars Trilogy (1993-6); and many more. A 'Science Fiction Glossary' completes this indispensable Handbook.

Introduction. Science Fiction in Western Culture
Brief Historical Surveys of Science Fiction Subgenres
The Time-Travel Invasion
The Alien Invasion Narrative
The Space Opera
Apocalyptic and Post-Disaster Narratives
Dystopian Science Fiction
Utopian Fiction
Feminism, Science Fiction, and Gender
Science Fiction and Satire
Cyberpunk and Posthuman Science Fiction
Multicultural Science Fiction
Representative Science Fiction Authors
Isaac Asimov (1920-1992)
Margaret Atwood (1939-)
Octavia Butler (1947-2006)
Samuel R. Delany (1942-)
Philip K. Dick (1928-1982)
William Gibson (1948-)
Nicola Griffith (1960-)
Joe Haldeman (1943-)
Robert A. Heinlein (1907-1988)
Nalo Hopkinson (1960-)
Ursula K. Le Guin (1929-)
Ian McDonald (1960-)
China Mi_ville (1972-)
George Orwell (1903-1950)
Marge Piercy (1936-)
Frederik Pohl (1919-)
Kim Stanley Robinson (1952-)
Neal Stephenson (1959-)
H. G. Wells (1866-1946)
Discussions of Individual Texts
The Time Machine (1895)
The War of the Worlds (1898)
Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949)
Isaac Asimov, I, Robot (1950)
The Space Merchants (1952)
Starship Troopers (1959)
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968)
The Dispossessed (1974)
The Forever War (1974)
Woman on the Edge of Time (1976)
Trouble on Triton (1976)
Neuromancer (1984)
The Handmaid's Tale (1985)
"Xenogenesis" trilogy (1987-1989)
Snow Crash (1992)
Ammonite (1994)
"Mars" trilogy (1992-1996)
Midnight Robber (2000)
Perdido Street Station (2000)
River of Gods (2005)
Glossary
Selected Bibliography
Index

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