Worlds Enough and Time: Explorations of Time in Science Fiction and Fantasy

Worlds Enough and Time: Explorations of Time in Science Fiction and Fantasy


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With our lives firmly controlled by the steady pace of time, humans have yearned for ways to escape its constraints, and authors have responded with narratives about traveling far into the past or future, reversing the flow of time, or creating alternate universes where Napoleon was triumphant at Waterloo or the South won the Civil War. Writers ranging from Dante and Lewis Carroll to Philip K. Dick and Martin Amis have probed into the workings of time, and an overwhelming desire to master time reverberates throughout popular culture. This book considers how imaginative works involving time and time travel reflect ongoing scientific concerns and examine the human condition.

The scope of the volume is unusually wide, covering such topics as Dante, the major novels of the 19th century, and stories and films of the 1990s. The book concludes with a lengthy bibliography of short stories and novels, films and television programs, and nonfiction works that feature time travel or speculations about time. With a roster of contributors that includes several of the field's major scholars, this book offers many new insights into this fascinating subject.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313317064
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/30/2002
Series: Contributions to the Study of Science Fiction and Fantasy Series , #101
Pages: 206
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Gary Westfahl is adjunct professor at the University of La Verne, CA. His previous books include No Cure for the Future (2002), Unearthly Visions (2002), Worlds Enough and Time (2002), Science Fiction, Canonization, Marginalization, and the Academy (2002), Science Fiction, Children's Literature, and Popular Culture (2000), Space and Beyond (2000), and Cosmic Engineers (1996), all available from Greenwood Press.

George Slusser is professor of comparative literature at the University of California, Riverside. He has written several books about science fiction authors and coedited numerous scholarly studies. He is the coeditor of Science Fiction, Canonization, Marginalization, and the Academy (2002), and Unearthly Visions: Approaches to Science Fiction and Fantasy Art (2002), both available from Greenwood Press.

David Leiby is an independent scholar.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Quarries of Time by Gary Westfahl

Time's Arrow

Arrows and Riddles of Time: Scientific Models of Time Travel by George Slusser and Robert Heath

Impossible Times: Some Temporal Labyrinths in Science Fiction by Richard Saint-Gelais

The Jaws of the Intellect Grip the Flesh of Occurrence: Order in Time Travel by David Leiby

"Backward, Turn Backward": Narratives of Reversed Time in Science Fiction by Andrew Sawyer


Beyond the Endtime Terminus: Allegories of Coalescence in Far-Future Science Fiction by Kirk Hampton and Carol MacKay

Time and Some Mysteries of Mind by Susan Stratton

Jews in Times: Alternate Histories and Futures in Space…. And Who Was that Bearded, Yarmulkeh'd Old Man? by Susan Kray

The Desire to Control Time in Doraemon and Japanese Culture by Jefferson M. Peters

Time Capsules

The Conversion of Space-Time in Dante's Divine Comedy by Pekka Kuusisto

Temporal Compression, Fractious History: H. G. Wells, George Orwell, and the Mutiny of "Historical" Narrative by Larry Caldwell

Play It Again, Sam: Ken Grimwood's Replay and Time Travel as Reincarnation by Andrew Gordon

Time Travel at the Crossroads: The Search for New Paradigms in Science and Science Fiction by Bradford Lyau

Tall, Dark, and a Long Time Dead; Epistemology, Time Travel, and the Bodice Ripper by Erica Obey

Bibliography of Works Related to Time and Time Travel


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