Blackwell Guides to Literature: The Science Fiction Handbook

Editor/Author Booker, M. Keith and Thomas, Anne-Marie
Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Wiley

Single-User Purchase Price: $133.95
Unlimited-User Purchase Price: $200.92
ISBN: 978-1-4051-6205-0
Category: Language & Literature - Literature
Book Status: Available
Table of Contents

The Science Fiction Handbook offers a comprehensive and accessible survey of one of the literary world's most fascinating genres. Includes separate historical surveys of key subgenres including time-travel narratives, post-apocalyptic and post-disaster narratives and works of utopian and dystopian science fiction. Each subgenre survey includes an extensive list of relevant critical readings, recommended novels in the subgenre, and recommended films relevant to the subgenre. Features entries on a number of key science fiction authors and extensive discussion of major science fiction novels or sequences. Writers and works include Isaac Asimov; Margaret Atwood; George Orwell; Ursula K. Le Guin; The War of the Worlds (1898); Starship Troopers (1959); Mars Trilogy (1993-6); and many more. A 'Science Fiction Glossary' completes this indispensable Handbook.

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Table of Contents

  • Part 1 Introduction
  • Science FictioninWestern Culture
  • Part 2 Brief Historical Surveys of Science Fiction Subgenres
  • The Time-Travel Narrative
  • The Alien Invasion Narrative
  • The Space Opera
  • Apocalyptic and Post-Apocalyptic Fiction
  • Dystopian Science Fiction
  • Utopian Fiction
  • Feminism, Science Fiction, and Gender
  • Science Fiction and Satire
  • Cyberpunk and Posthuman Science Fiction
  • Multicultural Science Fiction
  • Part 3 Representative Science Fiction Authors
  • Isaac Asimov (1920–1992)
  • Margaret Atwood (1939–)
  • Octavia E. Butler (1947–2006)
  • Samuel R. Delany (1942–)
  • Philip K. Dick (1928–1982)
  • William Gibson (1948–)
  • Nicola Griffith (1960–)
  • Joe Haldeman (1943–)
  • Robert A. Heinlein (1907–1988)
  • Nalo Hopkinson (1960–)
  • Ursula K. LeGuin (1929–)
  • Ian McDonald (1960–)
  • China Miéville (1972–)
  • George Orwell (1903–1950)
  • Marge Piercy (1936–)
  • Frederik Pohl (1919–)
  • Kim Stanley Robinson (1952–)
  • Neal Stephenson (1959–)
  • H. G. Wells (1866–1946)
  • Part 4 Discussions of Individual Texts
  • H.G.Wells, The Time Machine (1895)
  • H.G.Wells, The War of the Worlds (1898)
  • George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949)
  • Isaac Asimov,I,Robot (1950)
  • Frederik Pohl and C. M. Kormbluth, The Space Merchants (1952)
  • Robert A. Heinlein, Starship Troopers (1959)
  • Philip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968)
  • Ursula K. Le Guin, The Dispossessed (1974)
  • Joe Haldeman, The Forever War (1974)
  • Marge Piercy, Woman on the Edge of Time (1976)
  • Samuel R. Delany, Trouble on Triton (1976)
  • William Gibson, Neuromancer (1984)
  • Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale (1985)
  • Octavia Butler, “Xenogenesis” Trilogy (1987–1989)
  • Neal Stephenson, Snow Crash (1992)
  • Nicola Griffith, Ammonite (1994)
  • Kim Stanley Robinson, “Mars” Trilogy (1993–1996)
  • Nalo Hopkinson, Midnight Robber (2000)
  • China Miéville, Perdido Street Station (2000)
  • Ian McDonald, River of Gods (2005)
  • Glossary
  • Selected Bibliography