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A well- executed, thoughtful, informative overview of SF,
This review is from: The New Critical Idiom : Science Fiction (Paperback)
Roberts attempts to define science-fiction through the dual mediums of film and book and the other chapters cover various critical areas of the genre, including representations of race, gender and technology as a metaphor. The second chapter is an attempt at providing a history of the genre - I say 'a' history because the subject is subject to contention even now amongst fans.
The Roberts touches on various authors, including Arthur C. Clarke, Jules Verne, Mary Shelley, Philip K. Dick, H G Wells, Brian Aldiss, Issac Asimov etc. plus many critics on the field. Some aspects of philosophy are also considered in relation to SF texts, both film and novels. All in all the book is what it sets out to do: provide a critical overview of the genre. The reason it has no fifth star is that occasionally I find the arguments presented a little too obvious - though I concede this to be necessary in an introductory overview.