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The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction


  • Page extent: 328 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.64 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 809.3/8762
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: PN3377.5.S3 C36 2003
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Science fiction--History and criticism

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521816267 | ISBN-10: 0521816262)

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Science fiction is at the intersection of numerous fields. It is literature which draws on popular culture, and engages in speculation about science, history, and all varieties of social relations. This volume brings together essays by scholars and practitioners of science fiction, which look at the genre from different angles. It examines science fiction from Thomas More to the present day; and introduces important critical approaches (including Marxism, postmodernism, feminism and queer theory).


List of contributors; Foreword; Acknowledgements; Chronology; Introduction: reading science fiction Farah Mendlesohn; Part I. The History: 1. Science fiction before the genre Brian Stableford; 2. The magazine era: 1926–1960 Brian Attebery; 3. New wave and backwash: 1960–1980 Damien Broderick; 4. Science fiction from 1980 to the present John Clute; 5. Film and television Mark Bould; 6. Science fiction and its editors Gary K. Wolfe; Part II. Critical Approaches: 7. Marxist theory and science fiction Istvan Csicsery-Ronay, Jr; 8. Feminist theory and science fiction Veronica Hollinger; 9. Postmodernism and science fiction Andrew M. Butler; 10. Science fiction and queer theory Wendy Pearson; Part III. Sub-Genres and Themes: 11. The icons of science fiction Gwyneth Jones; 12. Science fiction and the life sciences Joan Slonczewski and Michael Levy; 13. Hard science fiction Kathryn Cramer; 14. Space opera Gary Westfahl; 15. Alternate history Andy Duncan; 16. Utopias and anti-utopias Edward James; 17. Politics and science fiction Ken MacLeod; 18. Gender in science fiction Helen Merrick; 19. Race and ethnicity in science fiction Elisabeth Anne Leonard; 20. Religion and science fiction Farah Mendlesohn; Further reading; Index.

Prize Winner

BSFA [British Science Fiction Association] Award - Best Non Fiction of 2003

Hugo Award for Best Novel


" excellent introduction..." Steven Silver's Reviews

"The quality of the writing is consistently high, combining clever observation, crisp phrasing, and edifying illustration. [...] We all should be glad to have the book, which performs a conisiderable and important sevice: it will be a core text of our critical toolbox for years to come." Science Fiction Studies

"An excellent introduction to SF as a field and also a book that can be read with interest by both SF fans and by literature students." Emerald City


Farah Mendlesohn, Brian Stableford, Brian Attebery, Damien Broderick, John Clute, Mark Bould, Gary K. Wolfe, Istvan Csicsery-Ronay Jr, Veronica Hollinger, Andrew M. Butler, Wendy Pearson, Gwyneth Jones, Joan Slonczewski, Michael Levy, Kathryn Cramer, Gary Westfahl, Andy Duncan, Edward James, Ken MacLeod, Helen Merrick, Elisabeth Anne Leonard

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