Dinosaurs in Fantastic Fiction: A Thematic Survey

Overview

From the first illustrated edition of Jules Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth in 1867, dinosaurs and prehistory have fascinated readers. Writers would time and again come back to dinosaurs as an element of fantastic fiction, often using these creatures—through the venue of the written word—to reflect the world of the writers' own time.

This literary survey examines how "paleoliterature" originated, developed and matured to the present...

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Overview

From the first illustrated edition of Jules Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth in 1867, dinosaurs and prehistory have fascinated readers. Writers would time and again come back to dinosaurs as an element of fantastic fiction, often using these creatures—through the venue of the written word—to reflect the world of the writers' own time.

This literary survey examines how "paleoliterature" originated, developed and matured to the present day. Also discussed are the ways in which dinosaur fiction mirrors contemporary ideas about subjects such as geology, the Cold War, environmentalism, time travel, evolution and bioengineering.

Featured authors include Ray Bradbury, H.G. Wells, and Poul Anderson, among others. In select cases, the novelizations of movie scripts are also examined. An appendix provides brief summaries of deserving dinosaur texts.

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Editorial Reviews

Catholic Library World
comprehensive
Prehistoric Times
a great reference
www.sfsite.com
excellent
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786475100
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/11/2013
  • Pages: 230
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Allen A. Debus is a dinosaur sculptor and author of multiple books. He writes regularly for Prehistoric Times, G-Fan, Mad Scientist and Scary Monsters, and was a contributing editor of Fossil News: Journal of Avocational Paleontology. He lives in Hanover Park, Illinois.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vii
Foreword   Donald F. Glut     1
Foreword   Mark F. Berry     3
Preface     7
Introduction     13
Verne's Subterranean "Museum"     17
Lost and Found: The Mystique of Lost Worlds     36
At War with Dinosaurs     56
Shadow of Gojira     73
Time-Relativistic Dinosaurs: Bradbury's Legacy     85
Dino-Trek     103
Rise of the Raptor     124
Infiltration: Living with Dinosaurs     146
Appendix     157
Notes     187
Select Bibliography     211
Index     217
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