The Language in Science Fiction and Fantasy

Covering both British and American fiction and television, this is a wide-ranging and perceptive book.

Author: Susan Mandala

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781441141064

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 192

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The language of science fiction, and of fantasy, has a steep challenge: that of the creation of other worlds, societies and characters that are alien to us in diverse and fundamental ways, but still compelling and knowable. This exciting book steps away from the issues of race, gender and politics that have saturated sci-fi and fantasy criticism. Rather, it challenges two widely held but poorly substantiated beliefs circulating about science fiction and fantasy - that they are a) written in plain and unremarkable prose and b) apt to present characters that are flat types rather than fully realised individuals. Mandala draws on traditional syntactic categories of stylistic analysis as well as the relatively more recent pragmatic and sociolinguistic paradigms such that the original analyses here take our understanding of these two genres beyond the usual confines, to consider how language is used to draw alternative words, represent the far future and distant past, and create psychologically believable characters. Covering both British and American fiction and television, this is a wide-ranging and perceptive book.

Starboard Wine

In Starboard Wine, Samuel R. Delany explores the implications of his now-famous assertion that science fiction is not about the future.

Author: Samuel R. Delany

Publisher: Wesleyan University Press

ISBN: 9780819572943

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 288

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In Starboard Wine, Samuel R. Delany explores the implications of his now-famous assertion that science fiction is not about the future. Rather, it uses the future as a means of talking about the present and its potentiality. By recognizing a text’s specific “difference,” we begin to see the quality of its particulars. Through riveting analyses of works by Joanna Russ, Robert Heinlein, Theodore Sturgeon, and Thomas M. Disch, Delany reveals critical strategies for reading that move beyond overwrought theorizing and formulaic thinking. Throughout, the author performs the kinds of careful inquiry and urgent speculation that he calls others to engage in.

Fights of Fancy

This collection of fifteen original essays offers new perspectives on armed conflict as a central aspect of science fiction and fantasy writing.

Author: George Edgar Slusser

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 0820315338

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 223

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This collection of fifteen original essays offers new perspectives on armed conflict as a central aspect of science fiction and fantasy writing. Looking past the superficial conventions associated with ray guns and aliens, swords and sorcerers, the contributors show how writers in the genre today are not so much imagining war more fully as they are completely re-imagining it. Science fiction and fantasy writing is no longer mired in epic or chivalric models but is responding to new and more complex "real-world" motivations for armed aggression: advances in weaponry, shifts in the theaters of war, and changes in battlefield conditions. Most of the papers were presented at the annual J. Lloyd Eaton Conference on Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature, the field's most prestigious international gathering. The trend throughout the book is away from critical interest in stories of spatial or territorial conquest and toward works that deal with topics related to wars of temporal logistics and the internationalization of the combat zone, including urban street violence, gender conflicts, and resistance to runaway technology. The essays range from studies of the semantics and linguistics of warfare in science fiction to a critique of Osip Senkovsky's Fantastic Journeys of Baron Brambeus; from writer Joe Haldeman's assessment of the impact of his Vietnam experiences on his fiction to inquiries into a shared author/reader agenda in novels concerning potential mass destruction, including Stephen King's Dead Zone and M. J. Engh's Arslan. The collection also charts new directions in writing, such as the anti-apocalyptic science fiction of Samuel R. Delany, and embraces new modes of presentation, particularly computer animation and the bande dessinee, or illustrated narrative, as exemplified by French novelist Phillippe Druillet's La Nuit. Musician Bob Marley, film actor/directors Sylvester Stallone and Bruce Lee, and the cyberpunk film classics Terminator and the Road Warrior series are among other topics discussed. Together, the essays reinforce the editors' contention that the true function of these fantasies and science fictions is neither nostalgia nor fancy, but analysis. The contributors treat the texts they examine as a means not of playing war games but of understanding the role of war in the present and the future.

Bridges to Science Fiction and Fantasy

This collection brings together 22 of the best papers--most with new afterwords by the authors--presented in chronological order to show how science fiction and fantasy criticism has evolved since 1979.

Author: Gregory Benford,

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476669281

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 271

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"The J. Lloyd Eaton Conferences on Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature have been a leading influence in the study of science fiction and fantasy for 30 years.This collection brings together 22 of the best papers--most with new afterwords by the authors--presented in chronological order to show how science fiction and fantasy criticism have evolved since 1979"--

Science Fiction And Fantasy

In addition, I shall be discussing Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's Frankenstein. In this text, there are elements of both science fiction and of fantasy. After this, I would like to conclude my study.

Author: Christoph Ewen

Publisher:

ISBN: 3656703507

Category:

Page: 24

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Seminar paper from the year 2013 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 2,0, University of Trier, language: English, abstract: What makes a text a science fiction text? What makes it a fantasy text? In this study, I would like to discuss why it is impossible to clearly draw a line between these two genres. In order to do so, I am going to focus on the "justification" of the unreal, respectively, the supernatural elements of a story. I shall be discussing why a text can be considered a science fiction text or a fantasy text - and why, in some cases, there is no clear answer to the question of which genre a text is belongs to. While one might answer the two questions put at the beginning of this study rather quickly by stating a rule of thumb - scientific elements make a text a science fiction text, magical ones make it a fantasy text - it is obvious that this would lead to a very broad definition. It is thus necessary to go into detail, which I am going to do. In order to investigate what, apart from the technical and the magical elements, are the characteristics of the respective genres mentioned at the beginning, I am going to give the definitions of these terms which can be found in standard reference texts. In order to go into detail, I shall add more information from academic literature about the fantastic genre, which both science fiction and fantasy are part of. I would then like to go a step further by testing the definitions with the help of three texts - H.G. Wells's The War of the Worlds as an example for the science fiction genre and Bram Stoker's Dracula as an example for a fantasy text. In addition, I shall be discussing Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's Frankenstein. In this text, there are elements of both science fiction and of fantasy. After this, I would like to conclude my study. Any selection of texts will necessarily be arbitrary, as it is impossible to include everything into a study like this. I chose three tex

Science Fiction Collections

Science/Fiction Collections offers different views and attitudes toward Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature and descriptions of a variety of collections.

Author: Lee Ash

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134754694

Category: Fiction

Page: 181

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Science/Fiction Collections offers different views and attitudes toward Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature and descriptions of a variety of collections. Written during a time when Science Fiction and Fantasy writings had just gained widespread popularity, it offers suggestions and considerations for approaching any special collection dealing with a relatively new field.

Microworlds

In ten essays, a master of science fiction and fantasy discusses the current state of the genre in analyses of the scientific and literary bases of his own and others' work

Author: Stanisław Lem

Publisher: San Diego : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich

ISBN: WISC:89033936758

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 285

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In ten essays, a master of science fiction and fantasy discusses the current state of the genre in analyses of the scientific and literary bases of his own and others' work

Science Fiction and Futurism

The many entries in this encyclopedic work offer a guided tour of the vast territories occupied by science fiction and futurism. In his Foreword, David Brin says, "Provocative and enticing?

Author: Ace G. Pilkington

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786498567

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 236

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Science and science fiction have become inseparable--with common stories, interconnected thought experiments, and shared language. This reference book lays out that relationship and its all-but-magical terms and ideas. Those who think seriously about the future are changing the world, reshaping how we speak and how we think. This book fully covers the terms that collected, clarified and crystallized the futurists' ideas, sometimes showing them off, sometimes slowing them down, and sometimes propelling them to fame and making them the common currency of our culture. The many entries in this encyclopedic work offer a guided tour of the vast territories occupied by science fiction and futurism. In his Foreword, David Brin says, "Provocative and enticing? Filled with 'huh!' moments and leads to great stories? That describes this volume."

FutureSpeak

Includes over one thousand entries defining scientific, literary, publishing, film, and printing terms associated with science fiction, plus lists of science fiction publications, organizations, and conventions

Author: Roberta Rogow

Publisher: Universal Sales & Marketing

ISBN: UOM:49015002922145

Category: English language

Page: 408

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Includes over one thousand entries defining scientific, literary, publishing, film, and printing terms associated with science fiction, plus lists of science fiction publications, organizations, and conventions

Coordinates

Essays examine the themes, literary techniques, and social aspects of the science fiction and fantasy writings of authors, such as Jules Verne, Ray Bradbury, and Robert A. Heinlein

Author: Eaton Conference on Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature (3rd : 1981 : University of California, Riverside)

Publisher: Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press

ISBN: UOM:39015008913736

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 209

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Essays examine the themes, literary techniques, and social aspects of the science fiction and fantasy writings of authors, such as Jules Verne, Ray Bradbury, and Robert A. Heinlein

How to Write Science Fiction Fantasy

Explore them with Orson Scott Card and create fiction that casts a spell over agents, publishers, and readers from every world.

Author: Orson Scott Card

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 158297103X

Category: Reference

Page: 140

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Learn to write science fiction and fantasy from a master You've always dreamed of writing science fiction and fantasy tales that pull readers into extraordinary new worlds and fantastic conflicts. Best-selling author Orson Scott Card shows you how it's done, distilling years of writing experience and publishing success into concise, no-nonsense advice. You'll learn how to: utilize story elements that define the science fiction and fantasy genres build, populate, and dramatize a credible, inviting world your readers will want to explore develop the "rules" of time, space and magic that affect your world and its inhabitants construct a compelling story by developing ideas, characters, and events that keep readers turning pages find the markets for speculative fiction, reach them, and get published submit queries, write cover letters, find an agent, and live the life of a writer The boundaries of your imagination are infinite. Explore them with Orson Scott Card and create fiction that casts a spell over agents, publishers, and readers from every world.

A Research Guide to Science Fiction Studies

The volume contains over 400 selected, annotated entries covering both general and specialized sources, including general surveys, histories, genre studies, author studies, bibliographies, and indices, which span the entire range of science ...

Author: Marshall B. Tymn

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000639070

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 174

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Academic attention to science fiction and fantasy began in 1958, when the Modern Language Association scheduled its first seminar on science fiction at its New York meeting. Over the years science fiction emerged as a popular subject that achieved critical attention and acceptance as an academic discipline. A Research Guide to Science Fiction Studies, originally published in 1977, is designed to provide the reader – whether they be scholar, teacher, librarian, or fan – with a comprehensive listing of the important research tools that have been published in the United States and England through 1976. The volume contains over 400 selected, annotated entries covering both general and specialized sources, including general surveys, histories, genre studies, author studies, bibliographies, and indices, which span the entire range of science fiction and fantasy scholarship.

The Influence of Imagination

"This collection of qualitative essays explores the potential connections between speculative narrative in fictional works and actual social change.

Author: Lee Easton

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: UOM:39015073866660

Category: Social Science

Page: 228

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"This collection of qualitative essays explores the potential connections between speculative narrative in fictional works and actual social change. Through a variety of approaches and methodologies, the contributors explore whether consumers of science fiction and fantasy narratives can experience a real shift in their worldviews or ideologies as a result of that consumption"--Provided by publisher.