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Science Fiction: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

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Frankenstein, The Time Machine, Star Trek, Dune, 1984, Blade Runner--science fiction has been explained as a combination of romance, science, and prophecy; as a genre based on an imagined alternative to the reader's environment; and as a form of fantastic fiction and historical literature. It has also been argued that science fiction narratives are the most engaged, socially relevant, and responsive to the modern technological environment. In this Very Short Introduction, David Seed doesn't offer a history of science fiction, but instead attempts to tie examples of science fiction to different historical moments, in order to demonstrate how science fiction has evolved over time, especially the emergence of science fiction as a popular genre in the 20th century. Seed looks not only at literature, but also at drama and poetry, as well as film. Examining recurrent themes in science fiction, he looks at voyages into space, the concept of the alien and alternative social identities, the role of technology in science fiction, and its relation to time--in the past, present, and future.

About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life's most interesting topics. Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam.

About the Author

David Seed is Professor in the School of English, University of Liverpool.

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. Voyages into space

2. Alien encounters

3. Science fiction and technology

4. Utopias and dystopias

5. Fictions of time

6. The field of science fiction

Product Details

ISBN:
9780199557455
Author:
Seed, David
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, David
Subject:
General Literary Criticism & Collections
Subject:
Literature/English | American Literature
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Publication Date:
20110731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
15 b/w halftones
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
4.4 x 6.7 x 0.5 in 0.294 lb

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