Cosmic Engineers: A Study of Hard Science Fiction

Front Cover
Greenwood Press, Jan 1, 1996 - Literary Criticism - 148 pages

The first comprehensive critical study of hard science fiction, this book reveals how the term hard science fiction originated, and how arguments about its range and nature have unfolded. Westfahl shows that hard science fiction is generally characterized by the author's extreme concern for scientific accuracy and logic. Identifying two characteristic forms of hard science fiction, Westfahl closely examines several representative works: Arthur C. Clarke's "A Fall of Moondust," Hal Clement's "Mission of Gravity," and Charles Sheffield's "Between the Strokes of Midnight." This book offers new insights into hard science fiction and provides a wealth of information about what members of the science fiction community have said about this relatively recent genre.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.



Common terms and phrases

About the author (1996)

Gary Westfahl is adjunct professor at the University of La Verne, CA. He has published numerous articles on science fiction and fantasy in journals, magazines, critical anthologies, and reference books. He is the also the author of several forthcoming books on science fiction and fantasy, and coeditor of three forthcoming anthologies.

Bibliographic information