- Paperback: 408 pages
- Publisher: Routledge (5 Dec. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0415631203
- ISBN-13: 978-0415631204
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.3 x 22.9 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 378,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Building Imaginary Worlds: The Theory and History of Subcreation Paperback – 5 Dec 2012
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"Building Imaginary Worlds is a stunning work of scholarship, encyclopedic in its scope, well-informed in its theory, and totally infectious in its enthusiasm for its topic. It will go down as the Bible of imaginary worlds." –Marie-Laure Ryan, author of Avatars of Story
"Wolf shifts our focus from particular stories and media to the fantastical contexts we have created. Imaginary worlds express our deepest hopes, but we don't merely imagine these places. We try to live there, and in this choice lies tremendous social disruption." –Edward Castronova, author of Synthetic Worlds--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Mark J.P. Wolf is Professor of Communication at Concordia University Wisconsin. He is the author of Myst and Riven: The World of the D’ni, editor of the two-volume Encyclopedia of Video Games, and co-editor with Bernard Perron of The Video Game Theory Reader 1 and 2, among other books.--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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This is the benchmark for those who want to work with world-building theory in litarary studies or similar fields. From Tolkien's theory of subcreation or Nelson Goodman's philosophical approaches to the contemporary paths of medial studies; it's all gathered and explained. Along with James DiGiovanna's essay on “Worldmaking as Art Form”, Mark J.P. Wolf justifies the incorporation of many works of fantasy and science fiction into serious philology by providing the theory and history of subcreation. Maybe one day, authors like Tolkien will belong to the classical canon of english literature, mentioned alongside Shakespeare or Chaucer, and if this ever happens it is the result of the work by people like Wolf and his forerunners!
However, if you are looking for a "how-to write a science fiction novel" kind of book, this is not what you are looking for, although IMO, any author of fantasy/science-fiction would benefit from this knowledge.