"Including more than 30 essential works of science fiction criticism in a single volume, this is a comprehensive introduction to the study of this enduringly popular genre. Science Fiction Criticism: An Anthology of Essential Writings covers such topics as: Definitions and boundaries of the genre; The many forms of science fiction, from time travel to "inner space"; Ideology and identity: from utopian fantasy to feminist, queer and environmental readings; The non-human: androids, aliens, cyborgs, and animals; Race and the legacy of colonialism"--Page 4 of cover.
Science fiction criticism : an anthology of essential writings / edited by Rob Latham.
Latham, Rob, 1959- (editor)
New York, NY, USA : Bloomsbury Academic, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Part 1. Definitions and boundaries. Editorial : a new sort of magazine / Hugo Gernsback -- Preface to The scientific romances / H.G. Wells -- On the writing of speculative fiction / Robert A. Heinlein -- Wat do you mean : science? fiction? / Judith Merril -- Preface to Mirrorshades : The cyberpunk anthology / Bruce Sterling -- Cybernetic deconstructions : cyberpunk and postmodernism / Veronica Hollinger -- The many deaths of science fiction : a polemic / Roger Luckhurst -- On defining sf, or not : genre theory, sf, and history / John Rieder -- Part 2. Structure and form. Which way to inner space? / J.G. Ballard -- About 5,750 words / Samuel R. Delany -- On the poetics of the science fiction genre / Darko Suvin -- The absent paradigm : an introduction to the semiotics of science fiction / Marc Angenot -- Reading sf as a mega-text / Damien Broderick -- Time travel and the mechanics of narrative / David Wittenberg -- Part 3. Ideology and world view. Mutation or death! / John B. Michel -- The imagination of disaster / Susan Sontag -- The image of women in science fiction / Joanna Russ -- Progress versus Utopia
or, can we imagine the future? / Fredric Jameson -- Science fiction and critical theory / Carl Freedman -- Alien cryptographies : the view from queer / Wendy Pearson -- The women history doesn't see : recovering midcentury women's sf as a literature of social critique / Lisa Yaszek -- Part 4. The nonhuman. Author's introduction to Frankenstein / Mary Shelley -- The android and the human / Philip K. Dick -- A cyborg manifesto : science, technology, and socialist-feminism in the late twentieth century / Donna Haraway -- Virtual bodies and flickering signifiers / N. Katherine Hayles -- The coming technological singularity : how to survive in a post-human era / Vernor Vinge -- Aliens in the fourth dimension / Gwyneth Jones -- Technofetishism and the uncanny desires of A.S.F.R. (alt.sex.fetish.robots) / Alison de Fren -- Animal alterity : science fiction and human-animal studies / Sherryl Vint -- Part 5. Race and the legacy of colonialism. Science fiction and empire / Istvan Csicsery-Ronay, Jr. -- Further considerations on Afrofuturism / Kodwo Eshun -- Indigenous scientific literacies in Nalo Hopkinson's ceremonial worlds / Grace L. Dillon -- Biotic invasions : ecological imperialism in new wave science fiction / Rob Latham -- Alien/Asian : imagining the racialized future / Stephen Hong Sohn -- Report from planet midnight / Nalo Hopkinson -- Future histories and cyborg labor : reading borderlands science fiction after NAFTA / Lyssa Rivera.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
vii, 582 pages : illustrations
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