Speaking Science Fiction: Dialogues and Interpretations

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This wide-ranging volume explores the various dialogues that flourish between different aspects of science fiction: academics and fans, writers and readers; ideological stances and national styles; different interpretations of the genre; and how language and "voices" are used in constructing SF. Introduced by the acclaimed novelist Brian W. Aldiss, the essays range from studies of writers such as Robert A. Heinlein, who are considered as the "heart" of the genre, to more contemporary writers such as Jack Womack ...

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Overview

This wide-ranging volume explores the various dialogues that flourish between different aspects of science fiction: academics and fans, writers and readers; ideological stances and national styles; different interpretations of the genre; and how language and "voices" are used in constructing SF. Introduced by the acclaimed novelist Brian W. Aldiss, the essays range from studies of writers such as Robert A. Heinlein, who are considered as the "heart" of the genre, to more contemporary writers such as Jack Womack and J. G. Ballard.

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Presents 18 papers from a conference held at the University of Liverpool in 1996. The contributions explore the various dialogues between different aspects of science fiction: academics and fans, writers and readers, ideological stances and national styles, and different interpretations of the genre. A sampling of topics includes corporatism in Heinlein, cyberpunk, women's science fiction, and the use of "voice." Distributed in the US by ISBS. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

Speaking Science Fiction: Introduction - Brian W. Aldiss
Who Speaks Science Fiction? - Andy Sawyer
Science Fiction Dialogues - David Seed
Speaking of Homeplace, Speaking from Someplace - Candas Jane Dorsey
Speaking Science Fiction - Out of Anxiety? - Josef Nesvadba
Science Fiction as Language: Postmodernism and Mainstream: Some Reflections - José Manuel Mota
'Fantastic Dialogues': Critical Stories about Feminism and Science Fiction - Helen Merrick
Vicissitudes of the Voice, Speaking Science Fiction - Roger Luckhurst
'A Language of the Future': Discursive Constructions of the Subject in A Clockwork Orange and Random Acts of Senseless Violence - Veronica Hollinger
Speaking the Body: The Embodiment of 'Feminist' Cyberpunk - Bronwen Calvert and Sue Walsh
Bodies that Speak Science Fiction: Stelarc - Performance Artist 'Becoming Posthuman' - Ross Farnell
Science Fiction and the Gender of Knowledge - Brian Attebery
Corporatism and the Corporate Ethos in Robert Heinlein's 'The Roads Must Roll' - Farah Mendlesohn
Convention and Displacement: Narrator, Narratee, and Virtual Reader in Science Fiction - Danièle Chatelain and George Slusser
Aphasia and Mother Tongue: Themes of Language Creation and Silence in Women's Science Fiction - Nickianne Moody
'My Particular Virus': (Re-)Reading Jack Womack's Dryco Chronicles - Andrew M. Butler
Aliens in the Fourth Dimension - Gwyneth Jones
Freefall in Inner Space: From Crash to Crash Technology - Simon Sellars
Notes on Contributors
Index

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