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Speculations on speculation : theories of science fiction

Author: James E Gunn; Matthew Candelaria
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Speculations on Speculation Theories of Science Fiction examines the roots, history, development, current status, and future directions of the field through the contributions of well-respected science-fiction writers, teachers, and critics. The articles speculate on the definition of science fiction, science fiction as serious literature, the most talented science-fiction writers, and where the genre is  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: James E Gunn; Matthew Candelaria
ISBN: 081084902X 9780810849020
OCLC Number: 55633943
Description: xix, 374 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction / James Gunn --
Before we begin / Matthew Candelaria --
Part I: Identification. Toward a definition of science fiction / James Gunn ; Coming to terms / Gary K. Wolfe ; Estrangement and cognition / Darko Suvin ; The number of the beast / Barry N. Malzberg ; On the origins of genre / Paul Kincaid --
Part II: Location. SF and the genological jungle / Darko Suvin ; The readers of hard science fiction / James Gunn ; Science fiction and 'literature', or, The conscience of the king / Samuel R. Delany ; Science fiction and Mrs. Brown / Ursula K. Le Guin ; I could have been a contender ... / Barry N. Malzberg --
Part III: Derivations. Introduction to Trillion year spree / Brian W. Aldiss with David Wingrove ; On the origin of species : Mary Shelley / Brian W. Aldiss with David Wingrove ; The roots of science fiction / Robert Scholes ; Science fiction and the dimension of myth / Alexei and Cory Panshin --
Part IV: Excavation. Some notes toward the true and the terrible / Barry N. Malzberg ; Wrong rabbit / Barry N. Malzberg ; The 'field' and the 'wave' : the history of New worlds / Colin Greenland ; Space opera redefined / David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer --
Part V: Infatuation. The golden age of science fiction is twelve / David Hartwell ; Some presumptuous approaches to science fiction / Samuel R. Delany ; Touchstones / James Gunn --
Part VI: Anticipation. A user's guide to the postmoderns / Michael Swanwick ; Science fiction without the future / Judith Berman ; Slipstream / James Patrick Kelly.
Responsibility: edited by James Gunn, Matthew Candelaria.

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Science fiction is a field of literature that has great interest and great controversy among its writers and critics. This book examines the roots, history, development, current status, and future  Read more...
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