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Science Fiction

2nd Edition

By Adam Roberts

Routledge

168 pages

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Description

Science Fiction is a fascinating and comprehensive introduction to one of the most popular areas of modern culture. This second edition reflects how the field is rapidly changing in both its practice and its critical reception. With an entirely new conclusion and all other chapters fully reworked and updated, this volume includes:

  • a concise history of science fiction and the ways in which the genre has been used and defined
  • explanations of key concepts in Science Fiction criticism and theory through chapters such as Gender, Race, Technology and Metaphor
  • examines the interactions between Science Fiction and Science Fact
  • anchors each chapter with a case study drawn from short story, book or film, from Frank Herbert’s Dune to Star Wars, from The Left Hand of Darkness to Neuromancer.

Introducing the reader to nineteenth-century, Pulp, Golden Age, New Wave, Feminist and Cyberpunk science fictions, this is the essential contemporary guide to a major cultural movement.

Table of Contents

1. Defining Science Fiction 2. The History of SF 3. SF and Gender 4. SF and Race 5. SF and Technology 6: Conclusion Bibliography

About the Author/Editor

Adam Roberts is Professor of English at Royal Holloway, University of London. His SF novel Salt (Gollancz, 2000) was shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award. His second novel, On (Gollancz, 2001), is now available.

About the Series

The New Critical Idiom

The New Critical Idiom is an invaluable series of introductory guides designed to meet the needs of today's students grappling with the complexities of modern critical terminology. Each book in the series provides:

  • A clear, explanatory guide to the use (and abuse) of the term
  • An original and distinctive overview by a leading literary and cultural critic
  • Helpful definitions of the boundaries between the literary and non-literary
  • Basic guidance for the introductory reader in how the term relates to the larger field of cultural representation

With a strong emphasis on clarity, lively debate and the widest possible breadth of examples, The New Critical Idiom is an indispensable guide to key topics in literary studies.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LIT000000
LITERARY CRITICISM / General
LIT004260
LITERARY CRITICISM / Science Fiction & Fantasy
LIT006000
LITERARY CRITICISM / Semiotics & Theory