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Read On...Science Fiction: Reading Lists for Every Taste


Read On?Science Fiction: Reading Lists for Every Taste is for new science fiction readers looking for a place to start exploring the genre, as well as for long-time fans who want to delve in deeper. It is also for besieged librarians who need to recommend books to their demanding and deserving patrons, create displays or book lists for their web sites, or embark upon a genre study.

The guide covers a broad spectrum of science fiction titles, organizing books into lists designed ...

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Read On…Science Fiction: Reading Lists for Every Taste is for new science fiction readers looking for a place to start exploring the genre, as well as for long-time fans who want to delve in deeper. It is also for besieged librarians who need to recommend books to their demanding and deserving patrons, create displays or book lists for their web sites, or embark upon a genre study.

The guide covers a broad spectrum of science fiction titles, organizing books into lists designed to appeal to a variety of reading tastes. Whether a reader wants to explore the final frontier, experience life after a global apocalypse, or is in the mood for an old-school, rockets-and-rayguns adventure, Read On…Science Fiction can recommend just the right titles. The book spans the genre's time stream, including classics like Frankenstein as well as the latest bestsellers. From Golden Age authors to the sociopolitical titles of the New Wave and the latest in the Transhumanist science fiction subgenre, this enjoyable guide offers something for every reader.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591587699
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/16/2010
  • Series: Read On Series
  • Pages: 252
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Series Foreword


Chapter One Story 1

Science Fiction 101: Opening Doors to Wonder 2

Virtual Realities: Artificial Intelligence, Digital Dreams, and Cognitive Constructs 4

Celestial Harmonies: The Sounds of Science Fiction 8

Get Your Bildungsroman On!: Coming of Age in the Future 10

Shipshape and Ship-to-Ship: Fleet-ing Glimpses of Naval SF 13

Gendered Space: Science Fiction and the Sexes 15

Not-So-Civil Wars: Worlds Torn Asunder 18

The Great Unknown: Cosmic Mysteries 19

Gilligan's Universe: Lost and Stranded 21

Greed Is Good: Extrapolating Capitalism 23

Invasion!: Space Invaders and Hostile Takeovers 26

Bold the Line!: In the Trenches with Military SF 30

Mind Games: Psychology in Science Fiction 34

Moving up the Food Chain: Becoming, Evolving, Transforming, and Transcending 36

Get a Clue: Mystery, Crime, and SF Noir 40

The New Neighbors: First Contact 43

Dangerous Game: On the Hunt and on the Run 46

Peeping Time: Glimpses of the Future 48

Hail to the Chief!: The Perils of Politics 50

Red Alert!: Distress, Despair, and Disaster 52

Religious Rites and Wrongs: Religion and Faith in Science Fiction 55

Things Left Behind: Xenoarchaeology, Relics, Monoliths, and Artifacts 58

Time after Time: Moving in Four Dimensions 62

Infectious Imaginations: Contagion and Disease 68

Chapter Two Character 71

Negotiating Hostile Territory: Ambassadors, Diplomats, and Mediators 72

It's Not Easy Being Teen: Young Protagonists 74

Designer Genes: Clones and the Genegineered 77

I Robot, You Jane: Robots and Androids 81

The Flesh Is Weak: Cyborgs 85

From a Certain Point of View: Alien Perspectives and Radically Different Frames of Reference 87

I Am the Law!: Guardians of Order and Justice 90

Last Hopes and Chosen Ones: Saviors and Messiahs 92

Play to Win: Gamblers and Game Players 94

Weird Science: Mad Scientists, Uncontrollable Creations 96

Next to Godliness: Creators, Space Gods, and Self-Styled Deities 98

Real Heroes Wear Their Underwear on the Outside: Superheroes and Superhumans 100

On the Outside Looking In: Paranormal Pariahs 105

Life Sentences: Prisoners' Roll Call 107

Getting the Job Done: Problem Solvers, Butt-Kickers, and Name-Takers 108

Rebel Yell: Fighting the System 111

Smarter Than the Average Alien: Cunning Characters and Rakish Rogues 113

Telepaths, Psychics, and Psionics, Oh My! 114

To Infinity and Beyond: Heroes of High Adventure 118

You Wanna' Live Forever?: Second Chances, Lengthy Life Spans, and Immortal Agendas 121

Beyond Laika and Ham: Futuristic Fauna 123

Chapter Three Setting 127

Empires of Every Sort: From Tyrannies to Benevolent Dictatorships 128

Pioneering Spirit: Colonies 131

The Grass Is Always Greener: Alternate Earths, Parallel Universes 133

The Road Not Taken: Alternate History 137

(After) the End of the World As We Know It: Apocalypse Tomorrow 140

All This and World War Too!: Axis, Allies, and Alternate Endings 146

The Big Picture: Vast Realms 148

Sealed Systems: Enclosed Spaces 151

Dreams (and Nightmares) of a Red Planet: Martian Fantasies 153

The Final Frontier: Space Westerns 157

Prehistoric Peril: Hollow Earths and Lost Lands 158

Industrial Revolutions: In Which Are Found "Punk" Settings of the Clock, Steam, Diesel, and Gear Varieties, with Occasional Appearances of Victorianesque Variants, Valiants, and Villains 160

Merchandizing Tomorrow: Media Universe Tie-Ins 163

Savory Settings: Bars, Restaurants, and Diners 165

Unplanned Obsolescence: Exploring Posthumanity and Peeking Beyond the Singularity 167

We Shall Think for You: Dystopian Dilemmas 169

You Got Your Chocolate in My Peanut Butter!: Fantastical SF 171

Chapter Four Mood 175

Humor in a Vacuum: Universally Funny Fiction 175

Marvin's Pick List: Books to Read When Happiness Is Overrated 179

Going Boldly: Small Steps, Giant Leaps 182

Tomorrow Is Another Day!: Hope for the Future 184

In Space, Everyone Can Hear You Scream: Horror SF 186

Future Perfect: Retrofuture Nostalgia with Yesterday's Worlds of Tomorrow 188

Under Pressure!: Race against Time 190

Reality Is Merely an Illusion: Pulling the Rug Out from under the Reader 192

Revenge Is a Dish Best Served in Space: Tales of Future Vengeance 196

Star-Crossed Lovers: Romantic SF 199

Trust No One: Paranoia and Conspiracy SF 202

Who Are You?: Missing Memories and Uncertain Identities 204

Chapter Five Language 207

My Side of the Story: First-Person Futures 207

Dwarf Stars: Short SF Novels 210

Nuts and Bolts: The Language of Science 212

Found in Translation: Fantastic Visions Translated to English 214

The Future of Hip: SF for the Reader in the Know 217

If a Picture's Worth a Thousand Words, How Much Is a Moving Picture Worth?: SF Beamed to and from the Silver Screen 219

The Power of Words 221

Slowly Savoring Each Word 223

Traversing the Empyrean: Literary Science Fiction 225

Appendix: Interesting and Important Anthologies 229

Index of Authors, Titles, and Series 235

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