- Paperback: 632 pages
- Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (30 May 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 140518437X
- ISBN-13: 978-1405184373
- Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 3.6 x 24.6 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,538,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Companion to Science Fiction (Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture) Paperback – 30 May 2008
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The volume as a whole successfully acquaints diligent readers with an array of substantive avenues of critical inquiry into science fiction Highly recommended." Choice
[This] Companion provides unusual depth and detail The main strengths here are the distinguished roster of contributors, who have plenty of thought–provoking ideas Anyone seeking an immersion course in the history and criticism of [science fiction] today will find that their time is well repaid.
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A Companion to Science Fiction assembles essays by an international range of scholars that discuss the contexts, themes and methods used by science fiction writers. It conveys the scale and variety of science fiction and also shows how science fiction novels have been used as a means of debating cultural issues.
The first section of the volume addresses general topics, such as the history and origins of the genre, its engagement with science and gender, and national variations of science fiction around the English–speaking world. It also maps out connections between science fiction, television, the cinema, virtual–reality technology, and other aspects of the culture. The next section is devoted to major figures, such as H.G. Wells, Arthur C. Clarke, and Ursula Le Guin. Finally, the Companion offers close discussions of key novels, from Mary Shelley s Frankenstein to Margaret Atwood s The Handmaid s Tale.
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