The Dreams Our Stuff is Made Of: How Science Fiction Conquered the World

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Simon and Schuster, Jul 5, 2000 - Fiction - 256 pages
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From one of science fiction's most acclaimed novelists comes this engrossing journey through the books, movies, and television programs that have shaped our perspective of both the present and the future. In an uncompromising, often irreverent survey of the genre from Edgar Allan Poe to Philip K. Dick to Star Trek, Thomas M. Disch analyzes science fiction's impact on technological innovation, fashion, lifestyle, military strategy, the media, and much more.
An illuminating look at the art of science fiction (with a practitioner's insight into craft), as well as a work of pointed literary and cultural criticism, The Dreams Our Stuff Is Made Of reveals how this "pulp genre" has captured the popular imagination while transforming the physical and social world in which we live.
  

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THE STUFF OUR DREAMS ARE MADE OF/an overview of how science fiction changed the world. Includes Newt Gingrich and Reagan saying outrageous predictions on how to use the US taxes to become overlords of ... Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Right to Lie
15
Poe Our Embarrassing Ancestor
32
From the Earth to the MoonIn 101 Years
57
How Science Fiction Defused the Bomb
78
Star Trek or the Future as a Lifestyle
97
Can Girls Play Too? Feminizing Science Fiction
115
When You Wish Upon a StarScience Fiction as a Religion
137
Republicans on MarsScience Fiction as Military Strategy
163
The Third World and Other Alien Nations
185
The Future of an IllusionScience Fiction Beyond the
208
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Thomas M. Disch is the author of such classic works of science fiction as Camp Concentration, 334, The Brave Little Toaster, and On Wings of Song, all of which are cited in David Pringle's Science Fiction: 100 Best Novels. His criticism has appeared in the country's leading magazines and newspapers. His book The Castle of Indolence was a nominee for the National Book Critic Circle's Award in Criticism.

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