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Exoticising the Future: American Greats

in Science Fiction and Empire

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846310249
eISBN:
9781846314018
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Discontinued
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846314018.007
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter discusses the novels of two significant American authors in the ‘golden age’ of science fiction. Isaac Asimov and Robert A. Heinlein are well-known authors of the genre in 1940s and ... More


Transformations: The Story of the Science-Fiction Magazines from 1950 to 1970; The History Of Science-Fiction Magazine

Mike Ashley

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780853237693
eISBN:
9781781380840
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Discontinued
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853237693.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This is the second of three volumes that chart the history of the science fiction magazine from the earliest days to the present. The first volume, Time Machines, traced the development of the ... More


Conclusion

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/9780252038228.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This conclusion considers one particular aspect of Gregory Benford's science fiction, an open process of creation, which means not only his interest in collaborating with other writers, but in ... More


Machine Visions: Artificial Intelligence, Society, and Control

Will Slocombe

in AI Narratives: A History of Imaginative Thinking about Intelligent Machines

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
April 2020
ISBN:
9780198846666
eISBN:
9780191881817
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198846666.003.0010
Subject:
Physics, Theoretical, Computational, and Statistical Physics

This chapter examines the ways in which representations of AI during the twentieth century, particularly in nonandroid form (what might be termed a ‘distributed system’), dovetail with pre-existing ... More


The ABCs of Science Fiction

Jonathan R. Eller

in Bradbury Beyond Apollo

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780252043413
eISBN:
9780252052293
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252043413.003.0031
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

Chapter 30 opens with a surprise proposal from Planetary Society founders Carl Sagan and Louis Friedman to send a digitized copy of works by the ABC authors—Asimov, Bradbury, and Clarke—to Mars in ... More


Beyond the Iron Curtain

Jonathan R. Eller

in Bradbury Beyond Apollo

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780252043413
eISBN:
9780252052293
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252043413.003.0027
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

Ray and Maggie Bradbury’s winter 1990 stay in Paris began as Bradbury successfully negotiated a fortieth anniversary hardbound edition of The Martian Chronicles from Doubleday. Chapter 26 also ... More


The Ends of First Sf: Pioneers as Veterans

in Solar Flares: Science Fiction in the 1970s

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846318344
eISBN:
9781846317798
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Discontinued
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846317798.002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

The early science fiction genre centred on stories that combined adventure with scientific marvels. Ideas were often more important than characters or themes. This chapter focuses on the works of ... More


Literary images of time

George Jaroszkiewicz

in Images of Time: Mind, Science, Reality

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780198718062
eISBN:
9780191787553
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198718062.003.0005
Subject:
Physics, Particle Physics / Astrophysics / Cosmology

This chapter starts with a discussion of the merits and problems of science fiction, a literary genre that frequently posits time travel, faster than light speeds and other currently unobserved ... More


Waiting for the Barbarians: Science Fiction

Mark Storey

in Time and Antiquity in American Empire: Roma Redux

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
April 2021
ISBN:
9780198871507
eISBN:
9780191914409
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198871507.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

The final chapter moves to the future-oriented narratives of American science fiction, broadly conceived as a mode of representation committed to the imagination of alternative lifeworlds. The ... More


Noshore, or the Road to Robotistan

Jamie Peck

in Offshore: Exploring the Worlds of Global Outsourcing

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
March 2017
ISBN:
9780198727408
eISBN:
9780191793523
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198727408.003.0006
Subject:
Business and Management, International Business, Political Economy

This chapter looks into a future that even some of those in the outsourcing sector seem to fear—robotic process automation (RPA). The recent development and rapid commercialization of ... More


Of Things to Come: The and Stories

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/9780252040634.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

Although Bester spoke disapprovingly of his early career, dismissing all of his stories written before 1950 as juvenilia, he produced several promising works in the early 1940s, most notably “The ... More


What You Want to Hear: Hope in the Great Depression

John Marsh

in The Emotional Life of the Great Depression

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
November 2019
ISBN:
9780198847731
eISBN:
9780191882425
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198847731.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter discusses hope, how it works, and what people in the 1930s hoped for. It begins with a late science fiction story (Isaac Asimov’s “Liar!”) that reveals how hope works or, at least, how ... More


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