Practicing Science Fiction: Critical Essays on Writing, Reading and Teaching the Genre

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About the Book Drawn from the Science Fiction Research Association conference held in Lawrence, Kansas, in 2008, the essays in this volume address intersections among the ... reading, writing, and teaching of science fiction. Part 1 studies the teaching of SF, placing analytical and pedagogical research next to each other to reveal how SF can be both an object of study as well as a teaching tool for other disciplines. Part 2 examines SF as a genre of mediation between the sciences and the humanities, using close readings and analyses of the literary-scientific nexus. Part 3 examines SF in the media, using specific television programs, graphic novels, and films as examples of how SF successfully transcends the medium of transmission. Finally, Part 4 features close readings of SF texts by women, including Joanna Russ, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Octavia E. Butler. Read more Show Less

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Drawn from the Science Fiction Research Association conference held in Lawrence, Kansas, in 2008, the essays in this volume address intersections among the reading, writing, and teaching of science fiction. Part 1 studies the teaching of SF, placing analytical and pedagogical research next to each other to reveal how SF can be both an object of study as well as a teaching tool for other disciplines. Part 2 examines SF as a genre of mediation between the sciences and the humanities, using close readings and analyses of the literary-scientific nexus. Part 3 examines SF in the media, using specific television programs, graphic novels, and films as examples of how SF successfully transcends the medium of transmission. Finally, Part 4 features close readings of SF texts by women, including Joanna Russ, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Octavia E. Butler.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786447930
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/11/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 226
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Karen Hellekson is a freelance copy editor and independent scholar. She is coeditor of the open access journal Transformative Works and Cultures and of the quarterly SFRA Review. She lives in Maine. Craig B. Jacobsen teaches at Mesa Community College in Arizona. He is coeditor of the quarterly SFRA Review. Patrick B. Sharp is an associate professor at California State University, Los Angeles. He has written extensively on science fiction. Lisa Yaszek is associate professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her most recent work was on galactic suburbia.

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Table of Contents

Preface Karen Hellekson 1

Part 1 Teaching

Introduction: Teaching with Science Fiction Craig B. Jacobsen 7

1 Grokking Rhetoric through Science Fiction: A Practical Examination of Course Construction Jen Gunnels 13

2 Incorporating Science Fiction into a Scientific Rhetoric Course Michael J. Klein 24

3 Revealing Critical Theory's Real-Life Potential to Our Students, the Digital Nomads Jason W. Ellis 37

Part 2 Reading and Writing

Introduction: Reading and Writing SF Patrick B. Sharp 53

4 Reading/Writing Martians: Seeing Techne and Poiesis in The War of the Worlds Charles Harding 58

5 The Creation of Heinlein's "Solution Unsatisfactory" Edward Wysocki 74

6 Entropy, Entertainment, and Creative Energy in Ben Bova Donald M. Hassler 87

Part 3 Media

Introduction: Media and Science Fiction Karen Hellekson 99

7 Investigating the Postmodern Memory Crisis on the Small Screen Susan A. George 104

8 Text's Resistance to Being Interpreted: Unconventional Relationship between Text and Reader in Watchmen Ho-Rim Song 117

9 "Breathe, baby, breathe!" Ecodystopia in Brazilian Science Fiction Film Alfredo Suppia 130

Part 4 Women

Introduction: Women and Writing Lisa Yaszek 149

10 Hail the Conquering Campbellian S/Hero: Joanna Russ's Alyx Eileen Donaldson 154

11 Essentialism and Constructionism in Octavia E. Butler's Fledgling Kristen Lillvis 168

12 Joanna Russ and the Murder of the Female Child: We Who Are About To Rebekah Sheldon 183

13 Learning to Listen, Listening to Learn: The Taoist Way in Ursula K. Le Guin's The Telling James H. Thrall 197

About the Contributors 213

Index 217

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