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Fifty Key Figures in Science Fiction

1st Edition

Edited by Mark Bould, Andrew Butler, Adam Roberts, Sherryl Vint


296 pages

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Fifty Key Figures in Science Fiction is a collection of engaging essays on some of the most significant figures who have shaped and defined the genre. Diverse groups within the science fiction community are represented, from novelists and film makers to comic book and television writers. Important and influential names discussed include:

Octavia Butler

George Lucas

Robert Heinlein

Gene Roddenberry

Stan Lee

Ursula K. Le Guin

H.G. Wells

This outstanding reference guide charts the rich and varied landscape of science fiction and includes helpful and up-to-date lists of further reading at the end of each entry. Available in an easy to use A-Z format, Fifty Key Figures in Science Fiction will be of interest to students of Literature, Film Studies, and Cultural Studies.

Table of Contents

Alan Moore; Arthur C Clarke; Brackett; Darko Suvin; David Cronenberg; Dr Who; Frank Herbert; Gene Roddenberry; George Lucas; Greg Bear; Greg Egan; HG Wells; Hugo Gernsback; Isaac Asimov; J. Michael Straczynski; James Tiptree; JG Ballard; Joanna Russ; Jules Verne; Karl Capek; Kim Stanley Robinson; Mary Shelley; Michael Moorcock; Nalo Hopkinson; Neal Stephenson; Nigel Kneale; Octavia Butler; Olaf Stapledon; Robert Heinlein; Ron L Hubbard; Samuel Delaney; Sheri Tepper; Stan Lee; William Gibson

About the Editors


Mark Bould is Reader in Film and Literature at the University of the West of England, UK. He is the author of Film Noir: From Berlin to Sin City and The Cinema of John Sayles.

Andrew M Butler is Senior Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK. He is the author of Pocket Essential volumes on Cyberpunk, Film Studies, Postmodernism and Philip K Dick.

Adam Roberts is Professor of Nineteenth-Century Literature at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK. He is the author of many science fiction novels and has published widely on nineteenth-century literature and science fiction studies.

Sherryl Vint is Assistant Professor of English at Brock University, Canada. She is the author of Bodies of Tomorrow.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / Science Fiction & Fantasy