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Retcon Game: Retroactive Continuity and the Hyperlinking of America

Andrew J. Friedenthal

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781496811325
eISBN:
9781496811363
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496811325.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This book argues that the narrative/world-building technique known as retroactive continuity, often overlooked by literary scholars and media historians alike, has become a naturalized and ubiquitous ... More


The Eureka Years

Jad Smith

in Alfred Bester

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780252040634
eISBN:
9780252099076
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040634.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

In the early 1950s, working closely with Galaxy magazine editor Horace L. Gold, Bester wrote a highly experimental novel, The Demolished Man. In addition to hybridizing the SF and detective novel, a ... More


Alien Encounters

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/9780252041938.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

While fascinated by aliens, this chapter explains, Clarke only occasionally depicts alien encounters, which are unlikely due to the universe’s size and age. Instead, science fiction stories involve ... More


The Unusal Life of Tristan Smith (1994) and The Big Bazoohley (1995)

Bruce Woodcock

in Peter Carey

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719043604
eISBN:
9781781700532
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719043604.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter discusses two of Carey's novels, namely The Unusual Life of Tristan Smithand The Big Bazoohley. The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith is the strangest of all of Carey's novels and serves as ... More


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