The Science Fiction Handbook

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John Wiley & Sons, Mar 30, 2009 - Literary Criticism - 360 pages
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The Science Fiction Handbook offers a comprehensive andaccessible survey of one of the literary world's most fascinatinggenres.
  • Includes separate historical surveys of key subgenres includingtime-travel narratives, post-apocalyptic and post-disasternarratives and works of utopian and dystopian science fiction
  • Each subgenre survey includes an extensive list of relevantcritical readings, recommended novels in the subgenre, andrecommended films relevant to the subgenre
  • Features entries on a number of key science fiction authors andextensive discussion of major science fiction novels orsequences
  • Writers and works include Isaac Asimov; Margaret Atwood; GeorgeOrwell; Ursula K. Le Guin; The War of the Worlds (1898);Starship Troopers (1959); Mars Trilogy (1993-6); andmany more
  • A 'Science Fiction Glossary' completes this indispensableHandbook

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This is a great resource book. I love it! It is well researched and organized, and the writing is wonderful. You will learn so much about the various complex forms of science fiction.

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Superb survey of Science Fiction!


Part 1 Introduction
Part 2 Brief Historical Surveys of Science Fiction Subgenres
Part 3 Representative Science Fiction Authors
Part 4 Discussions of Individual Texts

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M. Keith Booker is the James E. and Ellen Wadley RoperProfessor of English and Director of the Program in ComparativeLiterature and Cultural Studies at the University of Arkansas. Heis the author of more than 30 books on literature, popular culture,and cultural theory.

Anne-Marie Thomas is Associate Professor of English atAustin Community College. She teaches literature and composition,including science fiction classes for the college’s HonorsProgram.

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