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The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy

The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy
Themes, Works, and Wonders

by Gary Westfahl

  • Publisher : Greenwood Publishing Group
  • Release : 2005
  • Pages : 1395
  • ISBN : 9780313329531
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A comprehensive three-volume reference work offers six hundred entries, with the first two volumes covering themes and the third volume exploring two hundred classic works in literature, television, and film.

The Science Fiction of Cordwainer Smith

The Science Fiction of Cordwainer Smith
A Book

by Karen L. Hellekson

  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Release : 2017-07-06
  • Pages : 166
  • ISBN : 0786450355
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This critical work concentrates on the science fiction writings of Paul Linebarger, who wrote under the pseudonym Cordwainer Smith, as well as other pseudonyms he created to reflect his different writing styles. His writings give voice to concerns about humanity and personal struggle; his ideas about love, loss, alienation, and psychic pain continue to resonate today. This work begins with a brief biographical sketch of Cordwainer Smith, linking elements of his past to his writing and focusing on his contributions to science fiction as well as his concern with humanity. Also discussed are Smith’s published and unpublished novel–length non–science fiction, his revision process, the true man–underpeople dichotomy in his published and unpublished short fiction, and his only published novel-length science fiction work Norstrilia.

Off the Main Sequence

Off the Main Sequence
A Book

by Tom Easton

  • Publisher : Wildside Press LLC
  • Release : 2006-10-01
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN : 080951205X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Tom Easton has served as the monthly book review columnist for Analog Science Fiction for almost three decades, having contributed during that span many hundreds of columns and over a million words of penetrating criticism on the best literature that science fiction has to offer. His reviews have been celebrated for their wit, humor, readability, knowledge, and incisiveness. His love of literature, particularly fantastic literature, is everywhere evident in his essays. Easton has ever been willing to cover small presses, obscure authors, and unusual publications, being the only major critic in the field to do so on a regular basis. He seems to delight in finding the rare gem among the backwaters of the publishing field. "A reviewer's job," he says, "is not to judge books for the ages, but to tell readers enough about a book to give them some idea of whether they would enjoy it." And this he does admirably, whether he's discussing the works of the great writers in the field, or touching upon the least amongst them. This companion volume to "Periodic Stars" (Borgo/Wildside) collects another 250 of Easton's best reviews from the last fifteen years of "The Reference Library." No one does it better, and no other guide provides such lengthy or discerning commentary on the best SF works of recent times. Complete with Introduction and detailed Index.

Science Fiction: The 100 Best Novels

Science Fiction: The 100 Best Novels
A Book

by David Pringle

  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release : 2014-06-30
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN : 1473208076
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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From one of the best-known editors in modern science fiction, this lively and authoritative guide will appeal to both newcomers and connoisseurs of the genre alike. Informative and readable, David Pringle's choices focus on landmark works by the likes of Ray Bradbury, Alfred Bester and J.G. Ballard, unearth less prominent talents such as Ian Watson, Octavia Butler and Joanna Russ, and highlight breakthrough novels by William Gibson and Philip K. Dick. An essential guide to science fiction literature.

Uncovering Lives

Uncovering Lives
The Uneasy Alliance of Biography and Psychology

by Alan C. Elms

  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release : 1997-05-01
  • Pages : 129
  • ISBN : 9780195354331
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Psychobiography is often attacked by critics who feel that it trivializes complex adult personalities, "explaining the large deeds of great individuals," as George Will wrote, "by some slight the individual suffered at a tender age--say, 7, when his mother took away a lollipop." Worse yet, some writers have clearly abused psychobiography--for instance, to grind axes from the right (Nancy Clinch on the Kennedy family) or from the left (Fawn Brodie on Richard Nixon)--and others have offered woefully inept diagnoses (such as Albert Goldman's portrait of Elvis Presley as a "split personality" and a "delusional paranoid"). And yet, as Alan Elms argues in Uncovering Lives, in the hands of a skilled practitioner, psychobiography can rival the very best traditional biography in the insights it offers. Elms makes a strong case for the value of psychobiography, arguing in large part from example. Indeed, most of the book features Elms's own fascinating case studies of over a dozen prominent figures, among them Sigmund Freud (the father of psychobiography), B.F. Skinner, Isaac Asimov, L. Frank Baum, Vladimir Nabokov, Jimmy Carter, George Bush, Saddam Hussein, and Henry Kissinger. These profiles make intriguing reading. For example, Elms discusses the fiction of Isaac Asimov in light of the latter's acrophobia (fear of heights) and mild agoraphobia (fear of open spaces)--and Elms includes excerpts from a series of letters between himself and Asimov. He reveals an unintended subtext of The Wizard of Oz--that males are weak, females are strong (think of Scarecrow, Tin Man, the Lion, and the Wizard, versus the good and bad witches and Dorothy herself)--and traces this in part to Baum's childhood heart disease, which kept him from strenuous activity, and to his relationship with his mother-in-law, Matilda Joslyn Gage, a distinguished advocate of women's rights. And in a fascinating chapter, he examines the abused childhood of Saddam Hussein, the privileged childhood of George Bush, and the radically different psychological paths that led these two men into the Persian Gulf War. Elms supports each study with extensive research, much of it never presented before--for instance, on how some of the most revealing portions of C.G. Jung's autobiography were deleted in spite of his protests before publication. Along the way, Elms provides much insight into how psychobiography is written. Finally, he proposes clear guidelines for judging high quality work, and offers practical tips for anyone interested in writing in this genre. Written with great clarity and wit, Uncovering Lives illuminates the contributions that psychology can make to biography. Elms's enthusiasm for his subject is contagious and will inspire would-be psychobiographers as well as win over the most hardened skeptics.

Skiffy and Mimesis

Skiffy and Mimesis
More Best of ASFR

by Damien Broderick

  • Publisher : Wildside Press LLC
  • Release : 2010-05-01
  • Pages : 286
  • ISBN : 1434457877
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This second anthology of the best of Australian SF Review includes pieces by Gregory Benford, Janeen Webb, Lucius Shepard, Jenny Blackford, George Turner, Yvonne Rousseau, Douglas Barbour, and others--writing about Watchmen, cyberpunk, steampunk, Philip K. Dick, Ursula K. Le Guin, Kim Stanley Robinson, and Lucius Shepard. Complete with introduction, bibliography, and index.

How Much Does Chaos Scare You?: Politics, Religion, and Philosophy in the Fiction of Philip K. Dick

How Much Does Chaos Scare You?: Politics, Religion, and Philosophy in the Fiction of Philip K. Dick
A Book

by Aaron Barlow

  • Publisher : Lulu.com
  • Release : 2005
  • Pages : 248
  • ISBN : 1411633490
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A series of essays on the writing and ideas of Philip K. Dick presented in eight chapters. This in-depth look at the philosophies behind Dick's SF and mainstream novels is based on Barlow's 1988 doctoral dissertation at the University of Iowa.

Empire Burlesque

Empire Burlesque
The Fate of Critical Culture in Global America

by Daniel T. O'Hara

  • Publisher : Duke University Press
  • Release : 2003-03-19
  • Pages : 386
  • ISBN : 0822384663
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Empire Burlesque traces the emergence of the contemporary global context within which American critical identity is formed. Daniel T. O’Hara argues that globalization has had a markedly negative impact on American cultural criticism, circumscribing both its material and imaginative potential, reducing much of it to absurdity. By highlighting the spectacle of its own self-parody, O’Hara aims to shock U.S. cultural criticism back into a sense of ethical responsibility. Empire Burlesque presents several interrelated analyses through readings of a range of writers and cultural figures including Henry James, Freud, Said, De Man, Derrida, and Cordwainer Smith (an academic, spy, and classic 1950s and 1960s science fiction writer). It describes the debilitating effects of globalization on the university in general and the field of literary studies in particular, it critiques literary studies’ embrace of globalization theory in the name of a blind and vacant modernization, and it meditates on the ways critical reading and writing can facilitate an imaginative alternative to institutionalized practices of modernization. Drawing on Lacanian psychoanalytical theory, it diagnoses contemporary American Studies as typically driven by the mindless abjection and transference of professional identities. A provocative commentary on contemporary cultural criticism, Empire Burlesque will inform debates on the American university across the humanities, particularly among those in literary criticism, cultural studies, and American studies.

Extrapolation

Extrapolation
A Book

by Anonim

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1989
  • Pages : 129
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Survey of Science Fiction Literature

Survey of Science Fiction Literature
Five Hundred 2,000-word Essay Reviews of World-famous Science Fiction Novels with 2,500 Bibliographical References

by Frank Northen Magill

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1979
  • Pages : 2542
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Magill's Guide to Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature: Lest darkness fall

Magill's Guide to Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature: Lest darkness fall
A Book

by Anonim

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1996
  • Pages : 1126
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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"These four volumes cover 791 books or series, 238 of them published during the 1980s and 1990s. the entries are 1,000 words long for single books and 1,500 for series, with a one-sentence summary beginning each entry followed by bibliographical information ... Volume 4 contains an extensive bibliography of critical works on science fiction and fantasy, a list of major award winners, a genre index." Booklist.

Foundation

Foundation
A Book

by Anonim

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2000
  • Pages : 129
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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SF in Dimension

SF in Dimension
A Book of Explorations

by Alexei Panshin,Cory Panshin

  • Publisher : Advent Pub Incorporated
  • Release : 1980
  • Pages : 414
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This collection of essays displays the talent and insight that make the Panshins the obvious and worthy successors to Damon Knight and James Blish in the field of science fiction and fantasy criticism. The Panshins document the evolution of a new and fruitful paradigm and offer a challenge to all conventional opinion about science fiction. They demonstrate that the conception of science fiction as fiction about science was fatally compromised from the outset. They trace the continuity of science fiction with man's most ancient and meaningful stories, the great fantasy of the past, and find this continuity in symbols of transcendent mystery. Nearly half of this book is devoted to studying the works of Robert Heinlein, extending and reconsidering the analysis begun in Heinlein in Dimension, and concluding with a long discussion of "The Number of the Beast--." The Panshin team applies theories of human psychological development to show the deeper meanings of the stories of Heinlein and other authors. They say: "In the mirror of a science fiction story may be seen a reflection of the author. In the mirror of science fiction stories may be seen a reflection of an era. And in our reading of science fiction--the stories we choose and what we make of them--may be seen a reflection of ourselves. We read science fiction to know ourselves better."

Strange Constellations

Strange Constellations
A History of Australian Science Fiction

by Russell Blackford,Van Ikin,Sean McMullen

  • Publisher : Greenwood Publishing Group
  • Release : 1999
  • Pages : 247
  • ISBN : 9780313251122
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Australia captured the imagination of European writers in the nineteenth century, and with the beginning of settlement, Australia became the setting for various "lost world" stories. Australia has since developed a rich national literature, and perhaps because of its exotic and ancient nature, the continent has inspired numerous science fiction writers. This book surveys the history of Australian science fiction from its nineteenth century origins to the close of the twentieth century. Included are discussions of Australian writers who have been substantially engaged with science fiction as a genre. The volume proceeds chronologically, with sections devoted to Australian science fiction before 1925, the rise of traditional science fiction from 1926 through 1959, the international recognition of Australian science fiction from 1960 to 1974, and the serious acclaim given to Australian science fiction writers in the last 25 years.

Furry Tales

Furry Tales
A Review of Essential Anthropomorphic Fiction

by Fred Patten

  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Release : 2019-09-06
  • Pages : 236
  • ISBN : 1476637040
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Tales featuring anthropomorphic animals have been around as long as there have been storytellers to spin them, from Aesop's Fables to Reynard the Fox to Alice in Wonderland. The genre really took off following the explosion of furry fandom in the 21st century, with talking animals featuring in everything from science fiction to fantasy to LGBTQ coming-out stories. In his lifetime, Fred Patten (1940-2018)--one of the founders of furry fandom and a scholar of anthropomorphic animal literature--authored hundreds of book reviews that comprise a comprehensive critical survey of the genre. This selected compilation provides an overview from 1784 through the 2010s, covering such popular novels as Watership Down and Redwall, along with forgotten gems like The Stray Lamb and Where the Blue Begins, and science fiction works like Sundiver and Decision at Doona.

The Good Old Stuff

The Good Old Stuff
Adventure SF in the Grand Tradition

by Gardner Dozois

  • Publisher : St. Martin's Griffin
  • Release : 2013-12-10
  • Pages : 464
  • ISBN : 1466859504
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Nineteen-ninety-nine looms near and yet the stars are still far away . . . but this anthology brings them closer with more than a dozen of the best SF adventure stories ever written. Among the gems collected here are "The New Prime," by Jack Vance, " Fritz Leiber's "Moon Duel," and "The Sky People," by Poul Anderson, along with masterpieces by less-familiar names such as Murray Leinster and James H. Schmitz. With more than a dozen stories (written between 1940 and 1970) from greats such as Brian W. Aldiss, Leigh Brackett, L. Sprague de Camp, and A. E. van Vogt, this anthology ranges throughout our galaxy and into the stars. Whether you're revisiting past adventures or discovering these stories for the first time, you're sure to thrill to these wonderful adventures across the vast expanse of space.

The Mammoth Encyclopedia of Science Fiction

The Mammoth Encyclopedia of Science Fiction
A Book

by George Mann

  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release : 2012-03-01
  • Pages : 608
  • ISBN : 1780337043
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This encyclopedia is the most up-to-date, concise, clear and affordable guide to all aspects of science fiction, from its background to generic themes and devices, from authors (established and new) to films. Science fiction has evolved into one of the most popular, cutting-edge and exciting fiction geners, with a proliferation of modern and classic authors, themes and ideas, movies, TV series and awards. Arranged in an A-Z format, and featuring a comprehensive index and cross-referencing system, The Mammoth Encyclopedia of Science Fiction is also the most accessible and easy to use encyclopedia of its kind currently available.

Modern Classics of Science Fiction

Modern Classics of Science Fiction
A Book

by Gardner Dozois

  • Publisher : St. Martin's Griffin
  • Release : 2013-12-10
  • Pages : 672
  • ISBN : 1466859512
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Brian Aldiss William Gibson R.A. Lafferty Ursula K. Le Guin Lucius Shepard Bruce Sterling Theodore Sturgeon Howard Waldrop Connie Willis Gene Wolfe Roger Zelazny "The best stories are timeless. Long years from now the stories here may still touch someone, cause that person to blink, and put the book down for a second, and stare off through the hallow air, and shirver in wonder."

Transrealist Fiction

Transrealist Fiction
Writing in the Slipstream of Science

by Damien Broderick

  • Publisher : Greenwood Publishing Group
  • Release : 2000
  • Pages : 195
  • ISBN : 9780313311215
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Transrealist writing treats "immediate perceptions in a fantastic way," according to science fiction writer and mathematician Rudy Rucker, who originated the term. In the expanded sense argued in this book, it also intensifies imaginative fiction by writing the fantastic from the standpoint of richly personalized experience, as in the works of Philip K. Dick. This volume examines a variety of work from a transrealist perspective, including the writings of Dick, Rucker, Kurt Vonnegut, J.G. Ballard, and John Barth.

We the Underpeople

We the Underpeople
A Book

by Cordwainer Smith

  • Publisher : Baen Books
  • Release : 2006-11-28
  • Pages : 463
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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C'Mell, the catwoman leader of the Underpeople--humanlilke beings created from animals to perform the work in the utopia ruled by the mysterious Lords of the Instrumentality--joins forces with Rod McBain, a young man from Norstrilia who owns the planet Earth, to take on the Instrumentality in an epic struggle to gain freedom, in a volume that contains the classic novel Norstrilia, among other tales. Original.