Science Fiction after 1900

Science Fiction after 1900

by Bette London, Brooks Landon
     
 

Brooks Landon's Science Fiction after 1900 samples a wide range of science fiction writing in the United States, England, Eastern Europe, and the former Soviet Union, with a special focus on the development of genre SF written explicitly for science fiction markets and science fiction readers. This study, intended as a point of departure for readers, students,… See more details below

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Brooks Landon's Science Fiction after 1900 samples a wide range of science fiction writing in the United States, England, Eastern Europe, and the former Soviet Union, with a special focus on the development of genre SF written explicitly for science fiction markets and science fiction readers. This study, intended as a point of departure for readers, students, teachers, or scholars interested in exploring science fiction, offers on overview of the broad historical and theoretical concerns that have marked the phenomenal growth of this genre in the twentieth century. Landon analyzes the genre of science fiction not as a set of rules for writers but as a set of expectations for readers - more an epistemology or attitude toward life than a set of formal characteristics. Landon presents science fiction as a social phenomenon, a set of expectations about the future that moves beyond literary experience through a sense of mission based on the assumption that SF can be a "tool to help you think." He offers a broad overview of the stages through which SF has developed in the twentieth century as well as of the large body of criticism now devoted to this genre.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805709629
Publisher:
Cengage Gale
Publication date:
02/28/1997
Series:
Studies in Literary Themes and Genres
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
5.84(w) x 8.85(h) x 1.01(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Chronology
Ch. 1The Culture of Science Fiction - Rationalizing Genre1
Ch. 2From the Steam Man to the Stars37
Ch. 3Science Fiction outside Genre SF72
Ch. 4Countercultures of Science Fiction - Resisting Genre107
Ch. 5New and Newer Waves145
Notes and References181
Bibliographic Essay203
Recommended Titles219
Index243

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