"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.
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Cover; HalfTitle; Series; Title; Copyright; Contents; Acknowledgments; CHAPTER ONE What is science fiction?; Origins; Genre definitions; Gernsback's new sort of magazine; Science fictions; Discussion questions; CHAPTER TWO The literature of technologically saturated societies; Science and science fiction; Hard sf; Campbell's Golden Age; Science and gender; Discussion questions; CHAPTER THREE Cognitive estrangement; Cognition versus spectacle; The limits of cognitive estrangement; Science fiction as critical theory; Discussion questions; CHAPTER FOUR The megatext; Robots in the megatext.
Parabolic narrativeAlien invasion in the megatext; Megatext as dialectic; Discussion questions; CHAPTER FIVE Speculative fiction; The new wave; Dangerous technoculture; Expanding genre boundaries; Expanding genre boundaries; Remaking human potentialities; Discussion questions; CHAPTER SIX Communities of practice; Material cultures of science fiction; Cyberspace and cyberpunk; Posthuman life and singularity fiction; Science fiction as "fact"; Fan culture as critic; Discussion questions; CHAPTER SEVEN The literature of ideas; Feminist science fiction; Queer science fiction.
Race and ethnicity in science fictionDiscussion questions; CHAPTER EIGHT The literature of change; Philosophical change; Social change; Technological change; Changing aesthetic tradition; Discussion questions; CHAPTER NINE Science fictionality; Living in a science fiction world; The persistence of science fiction; Discussion questions; CHRONOLOGY; NOTES; FURTHER READING; BIBLIOGRAPHY; INDEX.