Brian W. Aldiss

Brian W. Aldiss


Author : Paul Kincaid
Publisher : University of Illinois Press
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ISBN : 0252053478
Pages : 216 pages
Rating Book: 4.5/5 (252 users)

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Brian W. Aldiss wrote classic science fiction novels like Report on Probability A and Hothouse. Billion Year Spree, his groundbreaking study of the field, defined the very meaning of SF and delineated its history. Yet Aldiss’s discomfort with being a guiding spirit of the British New Wave and his pursuit of mainstream success characterized a lifelong ambivalence toward the genre. Paul Kincaid explores the many contradictions that underlay the distinctive qualities of Aldiss’s writing. Wartime experiences in Asia and the alienation that arose upon his return to the cold austerity of postwar Britain inspired themes and imagery that Aldiss drew upon throughout his career. He wrote of prolific nature overwhelming humanity, believed war was madness even though it provided him with the happiest period of his life, and found parallels in the static lives of Indian peasants and hidebound English society. As Kincaid shows, contradictions created tensions that fueled the metaphorical underpinnings of Aldiss's work and shaped not only his long career but the evolution of postwar British science fiction.


Science Fiction and Climate Change

Science Fiction and Climate Change


Author : Andrew Milner
Publisher :
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ISBN : 1789621720
Pages : 248 pages
Rating Book: 4.8/5 (789 users)

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This is a timely, comprehensiveand thoroughly researched study of climate fiction from around the world,including novels, short stories, films and other formats. Informed by a sociologicalperspective, it will be an invaluable resource for students and scholarslooking to enter and expand the field of climate fiction studies.


Close Encounters of the Invasive Kind

Close Encounters of the Invasive Kind


Author : Sarah Seymore
Publisher : LIT Verlag Münster
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ISBN : 364390391X
Pages : 290 pages
Rating Book: 4.4/5 (643 users)

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Before the breakthrough of postcolonial studies, British science-fiction authors already saw the opportunity to discuss political and ethical issues of imperialism by projecting human history and behavior onto the alien 'Other.' In this thesis, the case studies of 15 novels of alien-encounter science fiction illuminate the treatment of colonial and postcolonial concepts - such as colonialism, neo-colonialism, Empire, paternalism, hybridity, mimicry and science and technology - as a means of conquest and resistance. The analysis also shows that the Empire is still a vital background for British science fiction. Thesis. (Series: Anglistik / Amerikanistik; English / American Studies - Vol. 35)


Alternate Worlds

Alternate Worlds


Author : James Gunn
Publisher : McFarland
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ISBN : 1476673535
Pages : 337 pages
Rating Book: 4.7/5 (476 users)

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Alternate Worlds was first published in 1975 and became an instant classic, winning a Hugo award. This third edition brings the history of science fiction up to date, covering developments over the past forty years--a period that has seen the advent of technologies only imagined in the genre's Golden Age. As a literature of change, science fiction has become ever more meaningful, presaging dangers to humanity and, as Alvin Toffler wrote, guarding against "the premature arrival of the future." The world has begun to recognize science fiction in many different ways, incorporating its elements in products, visual media and huge conventions.


Mindscapes, the Geographies of Imagined Worlds

Mindscapes, the Geographies of Imagined Worlds


Author : George Edgar Slusser
Publisher : SIU Press
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ISBN : 9780809314546
Pages : 326 pages
Rating Book: 4.1/5 (314 users)

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Eighteen essays plus four examples from the ninth annual J. Lloyd Eaton Conference on Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature at the University of California, Riverside. The concept of mindscape, Slusser and Rabkin explain, allows critics to focus on a single fundamental problem: "The constant need for a relation between mind and some being external to mind." The essayists are Poul Anderson, Wendy Doniger O'Flaherty, Ronald J. Heckelman, David Brin, Frank McConnell, George E. Slusser, James Romm, Jack G. Voller, Peter Fitting, Michael R. Collings, Pascal J. Thomas, Reinhart Lutz, Joseph D. Miller, Gary Westfahl, Bill Lee, Max P. Belin, William Lomax, and Donald M. Hassler. The book concludes with four authors discussing examples of mindscape. The participants are Jean-Pierre Barricelli, Gregory Benford, Gary Kern, and David N. Samuelson.


Where the Wild Books Are

Where the Wild Books Are


Author : Jim Dwyer
Publisher : University of Nevada Press
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ISBN : 0874178126
Pages : 280 pages
Rating Book: 4.7/5 (874 users)

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As interest in environmental issues grows, many writers of fiction have embraced themes that explore the connections between humans and the natural world. Ecologically themed fiction ranges from profound philosophical meditations to action-packed entertainments. Where the Wild Books Are offers an overview of nearly 2,000 works of nature-oriented fiction. The author includes a discussion of the precursors and history of the genre, and of its expansion since the 1970s. He also considers its forms and themes, as well as the subgenres into which it has evolved, such as speculative fiction, ecodefense, animal stories, mysteries, ecofeminist novels, cautionary tales, and others. A brief summary and critical commentary of each title is included. Dwyer’s scope is broad and covers fiction by Native American writers as well as ecofiction from writers around the world. Far more than a mere listing of books, Where the Wild Books Are is a lively introduction to a vast universe of engaging, provocative writing. It can be used to develop book collections or curricula. It also serves as an introduction to one of the most fertile areas of contemporary fiction, presenting books that will offer enjoyable reading and new insights into the vexing environmental questions of our time.


To be Continued

To be Continued


Author : Merle Jacob
Publisher : Greenwood Publishing Group
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ISBN : 157356155X
Pages : 465 pages
Rating Book: 4.7/5 (573 users)

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Main entries by author, then series. Title and subject index also included.


Reading by Starlight

Reading by Starlight


Author : Damien Broderick
Publisher : Routledge
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ISBN : 1134860056
Pages : 255 pages
Rating Book: 4.3/5 (134 users)

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Reading by Starlight explores the characteristics in the writing, marketing and reception of science fiction which distinguish it as a genre. Damien Broderick explores the postmodern self-referentiality of the sci-fi narrative, its intricate coded language and discursive `encyclopaedia'. He shows how, for perfect understanding, sci-fi readers must learn the codes of these imaginary worlds and vocabularies, all the time picking up references to texts by other writers. Reading by Starlight includes close readings of paradigmatic cyberpunk texts and writings by SF novelists and theorists including Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Brian Aldiss, Patrick Parrinder, Kim Stanley Robinson, John Varley, Roger Zelazny, William Gibson, Fredric Jameson and Samuel R. Delaney.


The Rise and Fall of American Science Fiction, from the 1920s to the 1960s

The Rise and Fall of American Science Fiction, from the 1920s to the 1960s


Author : Gary Westfahl
Publisher : McFarland
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ISBN : 1476674949
Pages : 312 pages
Rating Book: 4.7/5 (476 users)

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 By examining important aspects of science fiction in the twentieth century, this book explains how the genre evolved to its current state. Close critical attention is given to topics including the art that has accompanied science fiction, the subgenres of space opera and hard science fiction, the rise of SF anthologies, and the burgeoning impact of the marketplace on authors. Included are in-depth studies of key texts that contributed to science fiction's growth, including Philip Francis Nowlan's first Buck Rogers story, the first published stories of A. E. van Vogt, and the early juveniles of Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke and Robert Heinlein.


Cultures of Sustainability and Wellbeing

Cultures of Sustainability and Wellbeing


Author : Paola Spinozzi
Publisher : Routledge
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ISBN : 1315306573
Pages : 334 pages
Rating Book: 4.1/5 (315 users)

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Cultures of Sustainability and Wellbeing: Theories, Histories and Policies examines and assesses the interdependence between sustainability and wellbeing by drawing attention to humans as producers and consumers in a post-human age. Why wellbeing ought to be regarded as essential to sustainable development is explored first from multifocal theoretical perspectives encompassing sociology, literary criticism and socioeconomics, second in relation to institutions and policies, and third with a focus on specific case studies across the world. Wellbeing and its sustainability are defined in terms of biological and cultural diversity; stages of advancement in science and technology; notions of citizenship and agency; geopolitical scenarios and environmental conditions. Wellbeing and sustainability call for enquiries into human capacities in ontological, epistemological and practical terms. A view of sustainability that revolves around material and immaterial wellbeing is based on the assumption that life quality, comfort, happiness, security, safety always posit humans as both recipients and agents. Risk and resilience in contemporary societies define the intrinsically human ability to make and consume, to act and adapt, driving the search for and fruition of wellbeing. How to sustain the dual process of exploitation and regeneration is a task that requires integrated approaches from the sciences and the humanities, jointly tracing a worldwide cartography with clear localisations. This book will be of great interest to students and researchers interested in sustainability through conceptual and empirical approaches including social theory, literary and cultural studies, environmental economics and human ecology, urbanism and cultural geography.


Helliconia

Helliconia


Author : Brian Aldiss
Publisher : Hachette UK
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ISBN : 0575086165
Pages : 1248 pages
Rating Book: 4.7/5 (575 users)

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Helliconia is a planet that, due to the massively eccentric orbit of its own sun around another star, experiences seasons that lasts eons. Whole civilisations grow in the Spring, flourish in the Summer and then die in the brutal winters. The human-like inhabitants have been profoundly changed by their experience of this harsh cycle. In orbit above the planet a terran mission struggles to observe and understand the effects on society of such a massive climatic impact. Massive, thoroughly researched, minutely organised, full of action, pulp references and deep drama this is a classic trilogy.


The Sacred Revival

The Sacred Revival


Author : Kingsley L. Dennis
Publisher : SelectBooks, Inc.
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ISBN : 1590794613
Pages : 233 pages
Rating Book: 4.9/5 (59 users)

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The Sacred Revival is a thought-provoking examination of the social, cultural, and personal development that is part of a new and unfolding era in our history. Its central thesis is that a new form of energy has entered our post-industrial (post-mechanical) epoch, and that this energy will be more conducive to a respect for feminine attributes and organization and our inward “interior search and gaze.” The author predicts there will be a healing of life on the planet from an emerging new planetary ecosystem that will be physical-digital-biological and a greater drive toward a coherent cosmic consciousness. He explains that one of our greatest needs is for a connection with the transcendent.


The Book Of Lists

The Book Of Lists


Author : David Wallechinsky
Publisher : Canongate Books
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ISBN : 1847676677
Pages : 444 pages
Rating Book: 4.4/5 (847 users)

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The first and best compendium of facts weirder than fiction, of intriguing information and must-talk-about trivia has spawned many imitators - but none as addictive or successful. For nearly three decades the editors have been researching curious facts, unusual statistics and the incredible stories behind them. Now the most entertaining and informative of these have been brought together in a long-awaited, thoroughly up-to-date new edition.


Invaders!

Invaders!


Author : Gardner Dozois
Publisher : Baen Publishing Enterprises
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ISBN : 1625791194
Pages : 157 pages
Rating Book: 4.2/5 (625 users)

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Science fiction tales of aliens who are not so nice to us humans¾and sometimes downright murderous. Includes stories by: Octavia E. Butler Damon Knight R. A. Lafferty Neal Barrett, Jr. James Tiptree, Jr. Howard Waldrop Pat Cadigan William Tenn Philip K. Dick Frederik Pohl Robert Silverberg Brian W. Aldiss Tom Purdom Harvey Jacobs Raccoona Sheldon At the publisher's request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management).


A Companion to Science Fiction

A Companion to Science Fiction


Author : David Seed
Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
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ISBN : 1405144580
Pages : 612 pages
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A Companion to Science Fiction assembles essays by aninternational range of scholars which discuss the contexts, themesand methods used by science fiction writers. This Companion conveys the scale and variety of sciencefiction. Shows how science fiction has been used as a means of debatingcultural issues. Essays by an international range of scholars discuss thecontexts, themes and methods used by science fiction writers. Addresses general topics, such as the history and origins ofthe genre, its engagement with science and gender, and nationalvariations of science fiction around the English-speakingworld. Maps out connections between science fiction, television, thecinema, virtual reality technology, and other aspects of theculture. Includes a section focusing on major figures, such as H.G.Wells, Arthur C. Clarke, and Ursula Le Guin. Offers close readings of particular novels, from MaryShelley’s Frankenstein to Margaret Atwood’sThe Handmaid’s Tale.


Modern Classic Short Novels Of Science Fiction

Modern Classic Short Novels Of Science Fiction


Author : Gardner Dozois
Publisher : St. Martin's Griffin
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ISBN : 1466884479
Pages : 657 pages
Rating Book: 4.6/5 (466 users)

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The novella is, in the words of Gardner Dozois, "a perfect length for a science fiction story: long enough to enable you to flesh out the details of a strange alien world or a bizarre future society...and yet, still short enough for the story to pack a real punch." The thirteen masterpieces assembled in Modern Classic Short Novels of Science Fiction travel to the farthest reaches of the imagination, through realms of immortality, along alternate paths of time and across vast galaxies to explore the best of all imaginable worlds.


The Year's Best Science Fiction: Ninth Annual Collection

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Ninth Annual Collection


Author : Gardner Dozois
Publisher : St. Martin's Griffin
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ISBN : 1466829486
Pages : 624 pages
Rating Book: 4.6/5 (466 users)

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In The Year's Best Science Fiction: Ninth Annual Collection, Gardner Dozois produces another volume in the series that Locus calls 'the field's real anthology-of-record.' With a unique combination of foresight and perspective, Dozois continues to collect outstanding work by newcomers and established authors alike, reflecting the present state of the genre while suggesting its future directions. With the editor's annual summary of the year in the field, and his appendix of recommended reading, this book is indispensable for anyone interested in contemporary science fiction.