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Deconstructing the Starships: Science, Fiction and Reality

Gwyneth Jones

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780853237839
eISBN:
9781786945389
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853237839.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Gwyneth Jones’s Deconstructing the Starships: Science Fiction and Reality is a collection of critical essays, speeches and reviews, split into three sections: ‘All Science is Description’, ‘Science, ... More


Glory Season: David Brin’s Feminist Utopia

Gwyneth Jones

in Deconstructing the Starships: Science, Fiction and Reality

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780853237839
eISBN:
9781786945389
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853237839.003.0014
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

In this review of David Brin’s Glory Season, Jones foregrounds the issues that arise when feminism is looked at from a male perspective. She criticises the text for presenting a feminist utopia so ... More


The Lady and the Scientists

Gwyneth Jones

in Deconstructing the Starships: Science, Fiction and Reality

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780853237839
eISBN:
9781786945389
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853237839.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This essay appeared in Strange Plasma, and was originally read at a meeting of the Preston Speculative Fiction Group. It discusses the representation of female writers in literature, focusing ... More


Getting Rid of the Brand Names

Gwyneth Jones

in Deconstructing the Starships: Science, Fiction and Reality

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780853237839
eISBN:
9781786945389
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853237839.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter is the first of four in the first section of the text titled ‘All Description is Science’. ‘Getting Rid of the Brand Names’ was first published in The World and I in October 1987 as part ... More


Dreamer: An Exercise in Extrapolation 1989–2019

Gwyneth Jones

in Deconstructing the Starships: Science, Fiction and Reality

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780853237839
eISBN:
9781786945389
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853237839.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

‘Dreamer: An Exercise in Extrapolation 1989-2019’ was first commissioned by British Telecom Information Technology Systems Division in 1988. Writing in the late 80s, the essay analyses the ways in ... More


Virtual Light: A Shocking Dose of Comfort and Joy from William Gibson

Gwyneth Jones

in Deconstructing the Starships: Science, Fiction and Reality

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780853237839
eISBN:
9781786945389
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853237839.003.0015
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

In this chapter, Jones reviews science fiction novels by William Gibson, including Necromancer and Virtual Light. She discusses Gibson’s well-established contribution to the cyberpunk genre and ... More


My Crazy Uncles: C.S. Lewis and Tolkien as Writers for Children

Gwyneth Jones

in Deconstructing the Starships: Science, Fiction and Reality

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780853237839
eISBN:
9781786945389
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853237839.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

‘My Crazy Uncles’ was originally read at a meeting of the C.S. Lewis Society in June 1994, and later published in the New York Review of Science Fiction in November 1995. It provides a retrospective ... More


Alien Sex: Ellen Datlow’s Overview of the SF Orgasm

Gwyneth Jones

in Deconstructing the Starships: Science, Fiction and Reality

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780853237839
eISBN:
9781786945389
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853237839.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

In this chapter, Jones reviews Ellen Datlow’s anthology, Off Limits: Tales of Alien Sex. Jones unpacks Datlow’s description of sex, gender and abuse and supplements the discussion with her knowledge ... More


Winterlong: Elizabeth Hand at the End of the World

Gwyneth Jones

in Deconstructing the Starships: Science, Fiction and Reality

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780853237839
eISBN:
9781786945389
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853237839.003.0017
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

In this review of The End of the World, Jones recognises Elizabeth Hand’s embrace of gender difference and gender roles. She also foregrounds the narrative’s inclusion of warning messages and morals.


Introduction: Deconstructing The Starships

Gwyneth Jones

in Deconstructing the Starships: Science, Fiction and Reality

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780853237839
eISBN:
9781786945389
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853237839.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

‘Deconstructing The Starships’ references a speech originally given at the June 1988 presentation of the Arthur C. Clarke Award, at the Institute of Contemporary Arts. The speech discusses science ... More


Fools: The Neuroscience of Cyberspace

Gwyneth Jones

in Deconstructing the Starships: Science, Fiction and Reality

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780853237839
eISBN:
9781786945389
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853237839.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This essay is the first in the book’s Science, Fiction and Reality section. It was originally a paper read at a conference held at the University of Teesside in April 1995 and was later published in ... More


Trouble (Living in the Machine)

Gwyneth Jones

in Deconstructing the Starships: Science, Fiction and Reality

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780853237839
eISBN:
9781786945389
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853237839.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter was originally read at a postgraduate conference called Looking at the Future, held at the University of Sussex in May 1994. The main body of the essay focuses on the difference in the ... More


Sex: The Brains of Female Hyena Twins

Gwyneth Jones

in Deconstructing the Starships: Science, Fiction and Reality

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780853237839
eISBN:
9781786945389
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853237839.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

‘Sex: The Brains of Female Hyena Twins’ was originally a paper read at the second annual conference of the Academic Fantastic Fiction Network, at Reading University in December 1994, and was also ... More


Aliens in the Fourth Dimension

Gwyneth Jones

in Deconstructing the Starships: Science, Fiction and Reality

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780853237839
eISBN:
9781786945389
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853237839.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

‘Aliens in the Fourth Dimension’ was originally read at a conference on Speaking Science Fiction, held at the University of Liverpool in July 1996. It is the last in the ‘Science, Fiction and ... More


In the Chinks of the World Machine: Sarah Lefanu on Feminist SF

Gwyneth Jones

in Deconstructing the Starships: Science, Fiction and Reality

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780853237839
eISBN:
9781786945389
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853237839.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter contains the first review in the final section of the book, ‘The Reviews’. Within it, Jones critically analyses Sarah Lefanu’s In the Chinks of the World Machine. In her review, Jones ... More


Consider Her Ways: The Fiction of C.J. Cherryh

Gwyneth Jones

in Deconstructing the Starships: Science, Fiction and Reality

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780853237839
eISBN:
9781786945389
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853237839.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter contains Jones’ review of Carolyn J. Cherryh’s novels, mainly Serpent’s Reach and Cyteen. In her review, Jones foregrounds Cherryh’s use of strong female protagonists, and looks at the ... More


The Boys Want to be with the Boys: Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash

Gwyneth Jones

in Deconstructing the Starships: Science, Fiction and Reality

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780853237839
eISBN:
9781786945389
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853237839.003.0013
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

In this chapter, Jones reviews Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash. She discusses the significance of associating cyberspace with science fiction and argues against using the ‘played out’ techniques of ... More


Return to the Age of Wonder: John Barnes’s A Million Open Doors

Gwyneth Jones

in Deconstructing the Starships: Science, Fiction and Reality

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780853237839
eISBN:
9781786945389
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853237839.003.0016
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

In this review Jones provides a commentary on John Barnes’s A Million Open Doors, addressing its involvement in the coming of age genre and its status as a humanist novel. Jones focuses her review on ... More


Plague of Angels: The Fiction of Sheri Tepper

Gwyneth Jones

in Deconstructing the Starships: Science, Fiction and Reality

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780853237839
eISBN:
9781786945389
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853237839.003.0018
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

In this chapter, Jones discusses the way that control, sexual politics, and behaviour of men and women is utilised in Tepper’s literature. The review offers an analysis of Slideshow, Plague of ... More


The Furies: Suzy Charnas Beyond the End of the World

Gwyneth Jones

in Deconstructing the Starships: Science, Fiction and Reality

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780853237839
eISBN:
9781786945389
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853237839.003.0019
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

In this review of Suzy Charnas’s Holdfast Chronicles trilogy, Jones analyses the treatment of male and female gender roles and explores the significance and consequences of a female utopia with a ... More


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