The Everyday Fantasic: Essays on Science Fiction and Human Being

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Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008 - Literary Criticism - 175 pages
The Everyday Fantastic is an anthology born in love. The love is for science fiction, in all its myriad forms: novels, television, movies, music, art, etc. Many writers from a plurality of disciplines, professions and walks of life share this disposition. This attitude cuts across national boundaries and has even outlasted the vagaries of popular culture fads. This collection of essays draws upon these feelings in terms of the different ways science fiction is engaged in different disciplines, viewing the genre beyond mere entertainment.The papers collected here engage the fundamental questions explored in science fiction. Many of the essays were originally presented at an interdisciplinary conference in October 2005 at Brock University, highlighted by Robert J. Sawyer's engaging keynote address. Additional chapters were in part inspired by these presentations. These essays represent a wide array of voices from the humanities, social sciences and sciences, and address a comparable range of topics and the media that use the science fiction genre.

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A most disappointing book, I'm sorry to say. Poorly edited, barely designed at all, and extremely uneven in its content. Nick Groom's foreword is worth reading, as are Mary-Ann Constantine's essay on ... Read full review


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