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Title: Speaking Science Fiction: Dialogues and Interpretations
Description: Liverpool, Liverpool University Press. 2000, First Paperback Edition. (ISBN: 0853238448) Paperback, 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. This wide-ranging volume explores the various dialogues that flourish between different aspects of science fiction: academics and fans; writers and readers; ideological stances and national styles; different interpretations of the genre; and how language and 'voices' are used in constructing sf. Introduced by the acclaimed novelist Brian W. Aldiss, the essays range from studies of writers such as Robert A. Heinlein, who are considered as the 'heart' of the genre, to more contemporary writers such as Jack Womack and J. G. Ballard. The various voices of feminism are present, and there is an examination of the way the science fiction concept of the 'cyborg' is interpreted by the Australian performance artist Stelarc. Finally, more personal reflections are given by writers Candas Jane Dorsey, Gwyneth Jones, and Josef Nesvadba, each offering very different insight into their own art. The essays in Speaking Science Fiction derive from a conference that celebrated the relocation to the University of Liverpool of the Science Fiction Foundation Collection, Britain's major research collection in the field. This was the first significant academic conference devoted to science fiction for a number of years, with contributors from as far afield as Australia, Hong Kong, Korea, Portugal and the USA. Scholars and readers of science fiction and the literary fantastic will find this a rewarding and stimulating collection. New.

Keywords: Horror Fantasy Science Fiction H.G. Wells English Literature Victorian 1890s Gothic Utopias Literary Criticism Social History Sociology Politics Utopianism Brian W. Aldiss J.G. Ballard Issac Assimov 0853238448

Price: GBP 4.99 = appr. US$ 7.13 Seller: Delectus Books
- Book number: 035007

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