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1st Edition

Science Fiction: A Critical Guide

Edited By

Patrick Parrinder

ISBN 9780367756345
Published May 19, 2021 by Routledge
250 Pages

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Book Description

This book, first published in 1979, presents a portrait of science fiction as a distinct form of serious and creative literature. Contributors are drawn from Britain, America and Europe, and range from well-known academic critics to young novelists. The essays establish the common properties of science fiction writing, and assess the history and significance of a field in which critical judgements have often been unreliable. The material ranges from the earliest imaginative journeys to the moon, to later developments of British, American and European science fiction.

Table of Contents

Part 1. Early Landmarks: From the Beginnings to 1900  1. The Literary Background to Science Fiction Mark R. Hillegas  2. Jules Verne: the Last Happy Utopianist Marc Angenot  3. The Science Fiction of H.G. Wells John Huntington  Part 2. Two Formative Traditions  4. Utopia and Science Fiction Raymond Williams  5. Science Fiction and the Scientific World-View Patrick Parrinder  Part 3. Science Fiction Today: Aspects of a Contemporary Literature  6. The Cold War in Science Fiction, 1940-1960 T.A. Shippey  7. Science Fiction, Religion and Transcendence Tom Woodman  8. Characterisation in Science Fiction: Two Approaches  8.1. The Disappearance of Character Scott Sanders  8.2. The Alien Encounter: or Mrs Brown and Mrs Le Guin Patrick Parrinder  9. American Science Fiction Since 1960 J.A. Sutherland  10. British Science Fiction Christopher Priest  11. European Science Fiction Franz Rottensteiner

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