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Brave New Words

Author : Jeff Prucher
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Winner of a 2008 Hugo Award, this new paperback takes readers on spectacular tour of the language created by science fiction. From "Stargate" to "Force Field," this dictionary opens a fascinating window into an entire genre, through the words invented by science fiction's most talented writers, critics, and fans. Each entry includes numerous citations of the word's usage, from the earliest known appearance forward. Drawn not only from science fiction novels and stories, citations also come from fanzines, screenplays, comics, songs, and the Internet.

Brave New Words

Author : Jeff Prucher
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The shared language of science fiction is covered in this historical dictionary that shows how science-fiction words and their associated concepts have developed over time and includes more than three thousand terms and an analysis of the influence of science fiction on the English language.

Brave New Words

Author : Jeff Prucher
ISBN : 9780195305678
Genre : Fiction
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The shared language of science fiction is covered in this historical dictionary that shows how science-fiction words and their associated concepts have developed over time and includes more than three thousand terms and an analysis of the influence of science fiction on the English language.

Historical Dictionary Of Science Fiction Literature

Author : Brian M. Stableford
ISBN : 0810849380
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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This reference tracks the development of speculative fiction influenced by the advancement of science and the idea of progress from the eighteenth century to the present day. The major authors and publications of the genre and significant subgenres are covered. Additionally there are entries on fields of science and technology which have been particularly prolific in provoking such speculation. The list of acronyms and abbreviations, the chronology covering the literature from the 1700s through the present, the introductory essay, and the dictionary entries provide science fiction novices and enthusiasts as well as serious writers and critics with a wonderful foundation for understanding the realm of science fiction literature. The extensive bibliography that includes books, journals, fanzines, and websites demonstrates that science fiction literature commands a massive following.

Do Metaphors Dream Of Literal Sleep

Author : Seo-Young Chu
ISBN : 9780674059221
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Chu argues that science fiction’s dual status as both narrative and lyric art form permits the representation of objects that are otherwise difficult or impossible to describe-- e.g., those that are neither purely literal nor purely figurative.

Metamorphosis And Place

Author : Joshua Parker
ISBN : 9781443811859
Genre : Literary Criticism
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If personal and national identity is often constructed in terms of place, how do our identities and values change as places themselves are transformed? What happens to the spaces in which we live as societal values and identities change? These questions can be asked of almost any discipline, whether one is taking a photograph or mapping a literary topography, tracing linguistic change in a geographic region or language’s importance to our conception of a political territory, building a house or place of worship on a physical plot of land, or constructing them from words on a page or computer software. Few places are ever uniquely our own. We share them, knowing that the geographic points stabilizing our own identities serve, on their reverse side, to support an entirely different set of meanings. We project our cultural (or disciplinary) markers onto landscapes which are already hardly blank, but full of others’ meanings. This collection brings together scholars from a range of disciplines including literary and cultural studies, history, political science, architecture, anthropology, photography and art history, communications, sociology, lexicography, linguistics, tourism management and theoretical psychoanalysis, each shedding light on how place is both a transforming subject and a transformed object.

Die Arche

Author : Alastair Reynolds
ISBN : 9783641147532
Genre : Fiction
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Gefahr aus den Tiefen des Alls Die Unterdrücker sind geheimnisvolle Maschinenwesen, die seit Milliarden Jahren in der Leere des Alls lauern, um aufkeimendes intelligentes Leben zu vernichten. Nun sind sie auf die Menschheit aufmerksam geworden und bedrohen deren Existenz. Als die Synthetiker trotz ihres langen Krieges gegen die Demarchisten begreifen, in welcher Gefahr sie schweben, beschließen sie zu ihrem Schutz lang verloren geglaubte Waffen aus einem Raumschiff zu bergen, das nahe dem Planeten Resurgam gestrandet ist. Daraus erwächst ein tödlicher Wettlauf gegen die Zeit, denn die Synthetiker sind nicht die einzigen, die in den Besitz der Waffen gelangen wollen.

The Oxford Handbook Of Science Fiction

Author : Rob Latham
ISBN : 9780199838851
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The excitement of possible futures found in science fiction has long fired the human imagination, but the genre's acceptance by academe is relatively recent. No longer marginalized and fighting for respectability, science-fictional works are now studied alongside more traditional art forms. Tracing the capacious genre's birth, evolution, and impact across nations, time periods, subgenres, and media, The Oxford Handbook of Science Fiction offers an in-depth, comprehensive assessment of this robust area of scholarly inquiry and considers the future directions that will dictate the terms of the scholarly discourse. The Handbook begins with a focus on questions of genre, covering topics such as critical history, keywords, narrative, the fantastic, and fandom. A subsequent section on media engages with film, television, comics, architecture, music, video games, and more. The genre's role in the convergence of art and everyday life animates a third section, which addresses topics such as UFOs, the Atomic Era, the Space Race between the US and USSR, organized religion, automation, the military, sexuality, steampunk, and retrofuturism. The final section on worldviews features perspectives on SF's relationship to the gothic, evolution, colonialism, feminism, afrofuturism, utopianism, and posthumanism. Along the way, the Handbook's forty-four original essays cover novels by the likes of Mary Shelley, Jules Verne, H. G. Wells, Philip K. Dick, and Octavia Butler; horror-tinged pulp magazines like Weird Tales; B-movies and classic films that include 2001: A Space Odyssey, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and Star Wars; mind-bending TV shows like The Twilight Zone and Dr. Who; and popular video games such as Eve Online. Showing how science fiction's unique history and subcultural identity have been constructed in ongoing dialogue with popular discourses of science and technology, The Oxford Handbook of Science Fiction acknowledges the full range of texts and modalities that make science fiction today less a genre than a way of being in the world.

Biotechnological And Medical Themes In Science Fiction

Author : Domna Pastourmatzi
ISBN : UOM:39015052313171
Genre : Biology in literature
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Evaporating Genres

Author : Gary K. Wolfe
ISBN : 9780819571045
Genre : Fiction
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In this wide-ranging series of essays, an award-winning science fiction critic explores how the related genres of science fiction, fantasy, and horror evolve, merge, and finally “evaporate” into new and more dynamic forms. Beginning with a discussion of how literary readers “unlearned” how to read the fantastic during the heyday of realistic fiction, Gary K. Wolfe goes on to show how the fantastic reasserted itself in popular genre literature, and how these genres themselves grew increasingly unstable in terms of both narrative form and the worlds they portray. More detailed discussions of how specific contemporary writers have promoted this evolution are followed by a final essay examining how the competing discourses have led toward an emerging synthesis of critical approaches and vocabularies. The essays cover a vast range of authors and texts, and include substantial discussions of very current fiction published within the last few years.

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