SciFi in the Mind's Eye

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What does our favorite science fiction tell us about the culture of science? What do stories of cyborg women and genetic engineering show us about how science and values interact and hoW science and politics affect each other? In SciFi in the Mind's Eye, leading scholars look at the way science fiction informs and inspires contemporary research in science and technology, and how scientific breakthroughs spur authors on to yet more creativ science fiction narratives. Alongside investigations into the meaning of ...
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Overview

What does our favorite science fiction tell us about the culture of science? What do stories of cyborg women and genetic engineering show us about how science and values interact and hoW science and politics affect each other? In SciFi in the Mind's Eye, leading scholars look at the way science fiction informs and inspires contemporary research in science and technology, and how scientific breakthroughs spur authors on to yet more creativ science fiction narratives. Alongside investigations into the meaning of science fiction, SciFi in the Mind's Eye gives us previously unpublished 'interventions' by acclaimed science fiction authors L. Timmel Duchamp, Nicola Griffith, Nancy Kress, Terry Bisson, and Stanislaw Lem.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812696301
  • Publisher: Open Court Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 8/28/2007
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction: Down to Earth   Margret Grebowicz     xiii
Races
Race through the Alpha Quadrant: Species and Destiny on Star Trek   Harvey Cormier     3
The Island of Dr. Moreau: Interpretation of Images of Race and Species   Naomi Zack     25
It's in the Meat: Science, Fiction, and the Politics of Ignorance   Nancy McHugh     39
How to Do Things with Ideas   L. Timmel Duchamp     59
Genders
Pygmalion's Legacy: Cyborg Women in Science Fiction   Janet Vertesi     73
Tepper's Republic: Feminist Separatism and the Question of Essence   Edrie Sobstyl     87
Clone Mothers and Others: Uncanny Families   Stephanie S. Turner     101
Embodying Change: (R)evolutionary Theories of an Alien Synthesis   Tess Williams     115
Identity and SF: Story as Science and Fiction   Nicola Griffith     139
Technologies
Sciencepunk: The Influence of Informed Science Fiction on Virtual Reality Research   Jeremy N. Bailenson   Nick Yee   Alice Kim   Jaireh Tecarro     147
Fictitious Contagions: Computer Viruses in the Science Fiction of the 1970s   Jussi Parikka     165
After the End of the World:Critiques of Technology in Post-Apocalypse Literature   Andrew Pavelich     185
Ethics, Science, and Science Fiction   Nancy Kress     201
SF AS STS
Modest Witnesses? Feminist Stories of Science in Fiction and Theory   Helen Merrick     213
Cracking the Code: Genomics in Documented Fantasies and Fantastic Documentaries   Marina Levina     231
Knowing, Being, and the Reality Police: Science Fiction as Science Studies   Dennis Desroches     243
Between Garlic and Eternity: Fragments from an Interview with Stanislaw Lem   Ewa Lipska     255
At the Limits of the Imagination
Cognitive Constraints on Imagining Other Worlds   E. Thomas Lawson     263
After the Space Age: Science, Fiction, and Possibility   Martin Parker     275
Learning from Ender's Game: Childhood, Education, and War   Margret Grebowicz     289
Afterword   Terry Bisson     301
About the Contributors     305
Index     313
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