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Science Fiction: Stories and Contexts
     

Science Fiction: Stories and Contexts

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by Heather Masri
 

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ISBN-10: 031245015X

ISBN-13: 9780312450151

Pub. Date: 12/19/2008

Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's

Excellent collections of science fiction abound, but very few have been prepared expressly for classroom use. Heather Masri, editor of Science Fiction: Stories and Contexts, has prepared an anthology that recognizes, and is designed to meet, the needs of students and instructors in an introductory survey course in science fiction.

Grouped into major

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Excellent collections of science fiction abound, but very few have been prepared expressly for classroom use. Heather Masri, editor of Science Fiction: Stories and Contexts, has prepared an anthology that recognizes, and is designed to meet, the needs of students and instructors in an introductory survey course in science fiction.

Grouped into major themes, her comprehensive selection of fiction — enjoyable and captivating stories, notable for their literary, philosophical, and cultural richness — are by classic and emerging writers from the nineteenth to the twenty-first centuries. The stories are uniquely complemented by contextual documents that suggest the scholarly, theoretical, and historical currents that drove the development of the genre, and informative editorial matter that contributes to the book’s flexibility for instructors and usefulness for students.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312450151
Publisher:
Bedford/St. Martin's
Publication date:
12/19/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
1248
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

Chronological Contents

Alternative Thematic Contents

A Brief Introduction to Science Fiction and Its History

A Selective Guide to Science Fiction Research


1. Alien Encounters

H.G. Wells, from The War of the Worlds (1898)

Stanley G. Weinbaum, A Martian Odyssey (1934)

Fredric Brown, Arena (1944)

Ray Bradbury, Mars Is Heaven! (1948)

Sonya Dorman, When I Was Miss Dow (1966)

Ursula K. Le Guin, Vaster Than Empires and More Slow (1971)

Octavia E. Butler, Bloodchild (1984)

Greg Egan, Wang's Carpets (1995)

Michael Swanwick, Slow Life (2002)

Critical Contexts for Alien Encounters

Simone de Beauvoir, from The Second Sex (1949)

Carl Gustav Jung, The Shadow (1951)

Frantz Fanon, The Fact of Blackness (1952)


2. Artificial Life

E.T.A. Hoffmann, The Sandman (1816)

Mary Shelley, from Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus (1818; 1831)

Karel Capek, R.U.R. (1921)

Isaac Asimov, Liar! (1941)

Philip K. Dick, Second Variety (1953)

Kate Wilhelm, "Baby, You Were Great!" (1967)

James Tiptree, Jr., The Girl Who Was Plugged In (1973)

William Gibson, Burning Chrome (1985)

Maureen McHugh, Nekropolis (1994)

Ken Liu, The Algorithms for Love (2004)

Critical Contexts for Artificial Life

Sigmund Freud, The Uncanny (1919; 1924)

Jean Baudrillard, The Precession of Simulacra (1981)

Donna J. Haraway, "A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist
Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century (1985; 1991)


3. Time

Jules Verne, Master Zacharius (1854)

Miles J. Breuer, The Gostak and the Doshes (1930)

C.L. Moore, Vintage Season (1946)

Robert A. Heinlein, "All You Zombies — " (1959)

Robert Silverberg, When We Went to See the End of the World (1972)

Kim Stanley Robinson, The Lucky Strike (1984)

Connie Willis, At the Rialto (1989)

Ted Chiang, Story of Your Life (1998)

Benjamin Rosenbaum, Start the Clock (2004)

Critical Contexts on Time

Jean-Paul Sartre, from Being and Nothingness (1943)

Edward Hallett Carr, The Historian and His Facts (1961)

Michio Kaku, To Build a Time Machine (1994)


4. Utopias and Dystopias

Yevgeny Zamyatin, from We (1921)

A.E. van Vogt, The Weapon Shop (1942)

Damon Knight, Country of the Kind (1955)

Harlan Ellison, "Repent, Harlequin!" Said the Ticktockman (1965)

Joanna Russ, When It Changed (1972)

John Varley, The Persistence of Vision (1978)

Mike Resnick, Kirinyaga (1988)

Geoff Ryman, Dead Space for the Unexpected (1994)

Nalo Hopkinson, Something to Hitch Meat to (2001)

Critical Contexta for Utopias and Dystopias

Hannah Arendt, Ideology and Terror: a Novel Form of Government (1951)

William H. Whyte, The Tests of Conformity (1956)

Fredric Jameson, Progress versus Utopia; or Can We Imagine the Future? (1982)


5. Disasters and Apocalypses

Camille Flammarion, from Omega: The Last Days of the World (1893)

Alfred Bester, Adam and No Eve (1941)

Arthur C. Clarke, The Nine Billion Names of God (1953)

J.G. Ballard, Terminal Beach (1964)

Stanislaw Lem, How the World Was Saved (1967)

Sakyo Komatsu, Take Your Choice (1967; tr. 1987)

C.J. Cherryh, Cassandra (1978)

Ian McDonald, Recording Angel (1996)

William Sanders, When This World Is All on Fire (2001)

Critical Contexts for Disasters and Apocalypses

Mircea Eliade, from The Myth of the Eternal Return (1949; 1954)

Susan Sontag, The Imagination of Disaster (1965)

Paul Boyer, "The Whole World Gasped" (1985)

6. Evolutions

Nathaniel Hawthorne, Rappaccini’s Daughter (1844)

John W. Campbell, Jr., Twilight (1934)

Olaf Stapledon, from Star Maker (1937)

Lewis Padgett, Mimsy Were the Borogoves (1943)

Daniel Keyes, Flowers for Algernon (1959)

Roger Zelazny, For a Breath I Tarry (1966)

Samuel R. Delany, Driftglass (1967)

Greg Bear, Blood Music (1983)

Terry Bisson, Bears Discover Fire (1990)

Critical Context for Evolutions

Stephen Jay Gould, Nonmoral Nature (1982)

Marvin Minsky, Will Robots Inherit the Earth? (1994)

Steven Johnson, The Myth of the Ant Queen (2002)

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