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From the Publisher"An exciting, argumentative and invaluable overview of the mostinteresting literature out there. Roger Luckhurst does an excellentjob of embedding SF in history."
China Miéville, author of Perdido Street Stationand Iron Council
"This is a well-conceived, impressively researched andeloquently argued study of Anglo-American science fiction.Combining a sweeping command of cultural-historical contexts withincisive close readings of individual texts, Roger Luckhurstilluminates over a century's worth of print and mass-media SF.Whether discussing popular concerns about the pervasive power of"Mechanism" in the nineteenth century or avant-gardist critiques ofthe media-saturated "Society of the Spectacle" in the 1960s,Luckhurst's consistent emphasis on how SF registers the impact oftechno-scientific change gives his study a remarkable coherence. Insum, this is an essential and timely volume"
Rob Latham, University of Iowa
"This is a refreshing and lively survey of a very broad field.It usefully situates science fiction in its relevant culturalcontext and makes a valuable contribution to the history of thegenre."
David Seed, Liverpool University