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Author Vint, Sherryl, 1969- author
Title Science fiction : a guide for the perplexed / Sherryl Vint
Imprint London ; New York : Bloomsbury Academic, 2014
book jacket
 Euro-Am Studies Lib 2F  809.3 V79sc 2014    AVAILABLE  -  30500101571985
Descript 210 pages ; 23 cm
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Series Bloomsbury guides for the perplexed
Guides for the perplexed
Note "Drawing on examples from literature, film and TV, this book helps students grapple with and master the often perplexing question, 'what is science fiction?'"-- Provided by publisher
Includes bibliographical references (pages 189-198) and index
What is science fiction -- The literature of technologically saturated societies -- Cognitive estrangement -- The megatext -- Speculative fiction -- Communities of practice -- The literature of ideas -- The literature of change -- Science fictionality
"From its beginnings in the works of H.G. Wells and Jules Verne to the virtual worlds of William Gibson's Neuromancer and The Matrix, Science Fiction: A Guide to the Perplexed helps students navigate the often perplexing worlds of a perennially popular genre. Drawing on literature as well as example from film and television, the book explores the different answers that criticism has offered to the vexed question, 'what is science fiction?' Each chapter of the book includes case studies of key texts, annotated guides to further reading and suggestions for class discussion to help students master the full range of contemporary critical approaches to the field, including the scientific, technological and political contexts in which the genre has flourished. Ranging from an understanding of the genre through the stereotypes of 1930s pulps through more recent claims that we are living in a science fictional moment, this volume will provide a comprehensive overview of this diverse and fascinating genre."--Publisher's description
Subject Science fiction -- Study and teaching
Science fiction, English -- Study and teaching
Science fiction, American -- Study and teaching
Science fiction films -- Study and teaching
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