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The Traveler's Guide to Space: For One-Way Settlers and Round-Trip Tourists

Neil F. Comins

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780231177542
eISBN:
9780231542890
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231177542.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

If you have ever wondered about space travel, now you have the opportunity to understand it more fully than ever before. Traveling into space and even emigrating to nearby worlds may soon become part ... More


Quests

Dimitris Eleftheriotis

in Cinematic Journeys: Film and Movement

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748633128
eISBN:
9780748651269
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748633128.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter examines three recent travel films that in their cinematic journeys and quest narratives mobilise in typically modern ways the full emotive potential of the activity(Left right ... More


The Conquest of Space

Gary Westfahl

in Arthur C. Clarke

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780252041938
eISBN:
9780252050633
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041938.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter describes how Clarke’s science fiction consistently advocates, and vividly depicts, humanity’s future achievements in space. Without providing a consistent “Future History,” his stories ... More


Nowhere, anywhere, somewhere: Coupland and space

Andrew Tate

in Douglas Coupland

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719074882
eISBN:
9781781701201
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719074882.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter explores Coupland's representation of three distinctive but interconnected forms of space. The first section addresses the built landscape, including those most obviously postmodern ... More


A question of balance

Helen E. Ross and Cornelis Plug

in The Mystery of The Moon Illusion: Exploring Size Perception

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
April 2010
ISBN:
9780198508625
eISBN:
9780191584893
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198508625.003.0012
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

The idea that there might be some sensorimotor interaction in the moon illusion is relatively new, and probably goes back to George Berkeley who argued that both size and distance perception are ... More


In the Beginning: the International Geophysical Year

Bin Cheng

in Studies in International Space Law

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198257301
eISBN:
9780191681745
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198257301.003.0001
Subject:
Law, Public International Law

This chapter, written soon after the publication of the then highly exciting news that the United States and the Soviet Union were both going to launch the world’s first artificial earth satellites ... More


Arthur C. Clarke

Gary Westfahl

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780252041938
eISBN:
9780252050633
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041938.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Despite extensive critical attention, Arthur C. Clarke’s distinctive science fiction has never been fully or properly understood. This study examines some of his lighthearted shorter works for the ... More


Conclusion

Gary Westfahl

in Arthur C. Clarke

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780252041938
eISBN:
9780252050633
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041938.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

The conclusion first notes evidence of continuing interest in Clarke’s science fiction and speculates that future readers may especially appreciate his work for two reasons. First, as space travel ... More


New Stars, New Planets

Claude A. Piantadosi

in Mankind Beyond Earth: The History, Science, and Future of Human Space Exploration

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231162432
eISBN:
9780231531030
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231162432.003.0014
Subject:
Sociology, Science, Technology and Environment

This chapter argues that just thinking about how to explore our own planetary system means pushing our technology well into the future. Interstellar travel is notoriously intractable because of the ... More


Now, Voyager

Ellen Willis

in No More Nice Girls: Countercultural Essays

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816680795
eISBN:
9781452949000
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816680795.003.0023
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter considers outer space as a metaphor for liberation and loneliness by focusing on the explosion of the Challenger space shuttle. For both proponents and detractors, the military model of ... More


Conclusion

Gary Westfahl

in William Gibson

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252037801
eISBN:
9780252095085
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252037801.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This conclusion reflects on the reputation that William Gibson will likely enjoy in the future, based on his publications to date. Gibson has earned a permanent place in the history of science ... More


Beyond Apollo: Space Fictions after the Moon Landing

in Solar Flares: Science Fiction in the 1970s

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846318344
eISBN:
9781846317798
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846317798.004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon, taking the space race to a whole new level. Following the success of Apollo 11, Apollo 12 reached the moon on November 19 of ... More


Galactic Center One: Benford’s Space Epic

George Slusser

in Gregory Benford

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252038228
eISBN:
9780252096037
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252038228.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter examines the epic scope of Gregory Benford's series of novels commonly called the Galactic Center saga. The works that make up the Galactic Center series span nineteen years of Benford's ... More


Death of a Science in Germany

Jared S. Buss

in Willy Ley: Prophet of the Space Age

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780813054438
eISBN:
9780813053172
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813054438.003.0004
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter focuses on Ley’s perceptions of the decline of amateur rocketry, due to the rise of totalitarianism and pseudoscience during the early 1930s. It follows Ley’s attempts to save the agenda ... More


Jocular Juvenilia

Gary Westfahl

in Arthur C. Clarke

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780252041938
eISBN:
9780252050633
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041938.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter argues that Clarke’s fiction falls into two categories: farcical pieces filled with adolescent humor--his juvenilia and later texts described as his “mature juvenilia”; and his ... More


William Empson, Ants and Aliens

Katy Price

in Science in Modern Poetry: New Directions

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846318092
eISBN:
9781846317743
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846317743.008
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter examines the poems of William Empson in an attempt to add knowledge to what poetry can do for science in culture, and vice versa. Empson took inspiration from the world of entomology and ... More


Introduction

Gary Westfahl

in Arthur C. Clarke

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780252041938
eISBN:
9780252050633
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041938.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

The introduction first explains Clarke’s importance as a science fiction writer, and justifies a new book about Clarke by noting that existing studies do not examine his final works or draw upon ... More


Over There

Laurence A. Rickels

in I Think I Am: Philip K. Dick

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816666652
eISBN:
9781452946566
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816666652.003.0017
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter looks at science fiction writer Philip K. Dick’s novels Solar Lottery and Our Friends from Frolix. One man’s religious frame of reference is another man’s outer-space escape or rescue. ... More


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