- Paperback: 200 pages
- Publisher: Wesleyan University Press (30 May 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0819568740
- ISBN-13: 978-0819568748
- Product Dimensions: 22.5 x 15.8 x 1.4 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 932,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Colonialism and the Emergence of Science Fiction (Early Classics of Science Fiction) Paperback – 30 May 2008
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JOHN RIEDER is a professor of English at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa.
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"The double-edged effect of the exotic--as a means of gratifying familiar appetites and as a challenge to one's sense of the proper or the natural--pervades early science fiction"; whose prototypes can be seen in fanciful works by Washington Irving and Samuel Butler.
The field of science fiction--as any aficionado knows--has become greatly elaborated by fleshing out seemingly every implication and nuance inhering in its origins and first literary examples. Over time, the field developed characteristic techniques and categories. For instance, the sleeping Rip Van Winkle of Washington Irving's early 1800's tale awakening into a strange new world became time travel machines placing science-fiction characters in different historical periods and space ships and other craft carrying them to unknown lands. Technological developments were quickly adapted into science-fiction stories in explorations of their beneficial or harmful effects. In the 20th century, the field dealt with social concerns in the areas of biological research, medicine, totalitarian political systems, and apocalyptical religious ideas of doomsday.
Rieder's literary critique ranging into all dimensions of science fiction is a good overview and introduction to this major field of popular literature. Science-fiction fans will appreciate its historical material as well as insights into particular works and authors. Rieder is a professor of English at a branch of the U. of Hawaii.