Science Fiction (The New Critical Idiom) Paperback – 15 Dec 2005
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About the Author
Adam Roberts is Professor of English at Royal Holloway, University of London. His SF novel Salt (Gollancz, 2000) was shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award. His second novel, On (Gollancz, 2001), is now available.
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The case studies in the chapters make the points made by the author accessible for all, but this doesn't mean the content is diluted. As Adam is a practising writer and lecturer, the insights are pragmatic as well as thoughtful.
This is not that book.
It starts off promisingly enough, providing a definition, or more properly several somewhat competing definitions, of SF. These are very left leaning, but as I said it's a left leaning field, and I didn't let that scare me off.
Soon, however, the author's intentions and views start rearing their decidedly ugly heads, in the very next Chapter on the history of SF. The author reports on Kingsley Amis' resistance to New Wave with the phrase "This is a deliberate travesty of the movement"; OK, so maybe he's just upset. But no, in the next sentence he describes Amis as "deluded and wrong-headed."
Shortly thereafter he describes incredulity to Heinlein's being raised to the level of New Age thusly: "Some critics have expressed surprise that a book by so right-wing, libertarian and gun-obsessed a writer as Heinlein" should have achieved success among the liberal intelligentsia.
When describing the conservative elements of Star Wars he proclaims: "This is how ideology masks itself; it pretends to be forward-looking to disguise its conservatism.Read more ›
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