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Ideology and Futurology in Early 20th-Century Britain: Wells, Haldane, Bernal, and Their Critics

Peter J. Bowler

in Defending the Faith: Global Histories of Apologetics and Politics in the Twentieth Century

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780197266915
eISBN:
9780191938177
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197266915.003.0003
Subject:
History, History of Religion

This chapter studies the response of rationalist writers to the claims of theologians arguing that their ideology lacked any sense of a wider purpose to human life. It is argued that to replace the ... More


“The Electric Boy1 Grows Up”: Science Fiction for a Young Adult Audience

Joseph W. Campbell

in The Order and the Other: Young Adult Dystopian Literature and Science Fiction

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781496824721
eISBN:
9781496824776
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496824721.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Chapter 2 shows in a compressed, somewhat truncated way, the unique history of science fiction (sometimes called speculative fiction). This chapter also shows some of the myriad theoretical ... More


The Order and the Other: Young Adult Dystopian Literature and Science Fiction

Joseph W. Campbell

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781496824721
eISBN:
9781496824776
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496824721.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

The Order and the Other is a call to reexamine the relationship between dystopian literature and science fiction by thinking about the work that each genre does on and for the reader. The author ... More


Living in Technical Legality: Science Fiction and Law as Technology

Kieran Tranter

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781474420891
eISBN:
9781474453707
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474420891.001.0001
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

Successive transformations have resulted in the emergence of a total technological world where old separations about ‘nature’ and ‘culture’ have declined. With this, the tendency towards technicity ... More


Terraforming: Ecopolitical Transformations and Environmentalism in Science Fiction

Chris Pak

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781781382844
eISBN:
9781786945426
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781382844.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This book explores the emergence and development of terraforming in science fiction from H.G. Wells’s The War of the Worlds (1898) to James Cameron’s blockbuster Avatar (2009). Terraforming is the ... More


Introduction: Living in Technical Legality

Kieran Tranter

in Living in Technical Legality: Science Fiction and Law as Technology

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781474420891
eISBN:
9781474453707
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474420891.003.0001
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

This chapter introduces the book. It introduces the key concepts of the Frankenstein myth, law as technology and the role of science fiction as the site for the collective dream of technological ... More


Space Cadets and Rocket Boys: Policing the Masculinity of Scientific Enthusiasms

Rebecca Onion

in Innocent Experiments: Childhood and the Culture of Public Science in the United States

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9781469629476
eISBN:
9781469629490
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469629476.003.0005
Subject:
Education, History of Education

After World War II, science-fiction authors found lucrative side gigs in writing fiction for young people. Before “young adult” books were a fixed category, authors like Robert Heinlein wrote stories ... More


Saturation and Suffocation

Mike Ashley

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

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780853237693
eISBN:
9781781380840
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Discontinued
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853237693.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines the boom years of science fiction magazines that began in 1952, which saw the publication of seven new science fiction and fantasy magazines in the United States. It was in 1952 ... More


Transformations

Mike Ashley

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

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780853237693
eISBN:
9781781380840
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Discontinued
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853237693.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

From 1955 to the end of the 1950s, science fiction experienced its most turbulent period. All of the pulp magazines had almost disappeared by the middle of the decade, as their readers began to ... More


Introduction

Joseph W. Campbell

in The Order and the Other: Young Adult Dystopian Literature and Science Fiction

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781496824721
eISBN:
9781496824776
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496824721.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

The introduction of the book sets up the idea that genres are like tools, and they can be used to do certain work on and for the reader. It sets up the argument that dystopian works have different ... More


Back to the Future: The Final Gateways

Mike Ashley

in Gateways to Forever: The Story of the Science-Fiction Magazines from 1970 to 1980

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9781846310027
eISBN:
9781781380536
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Discontinued
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781846310027.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter discusses the changes in the science-fiction-magazine industry during the late 1970s, which witnessed the passing of numerous science fiction magazines, such as Galileo, Cosmos Science ... More


Flannery O’Connor’s Gothic Science Fiction

Doug Davis

in Reconsidering Flannery O'Connor

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781496831798
eISBN:
9781496831842
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496831798.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

Where convention categorizes southern literature as especially preoccupied with the past, Doug Davis reads O’Connor’s stories as science fiction, highlighting the surprising extent of her engagement ... More


Design, Engineering and Gendering the Disabled Body

Stuart Murray

in Disability and the Posthuman: Bodies, Technology and Cultural Futures

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781789621648
eISBN:
9781800341159
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789621648.003.0004
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

This chapter looks at the ways technologized bodies are designed and engineered, and especially how these processes are gendered. It argues that it is vital to understand the logic and techniques of ... More


Dystopia, Science Fiction, Posthumanism, and Liquid Modernity

Lars Schmeink

in Biopunk Dystopias Genetic Engineering, Society and Science Fiction

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781781383766
eISBN:
9781786944115
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781383766.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Chapter 2 provides an inventory of the theoretical strains pertinent to the discussion and elaborates the concepts introduced. Starting from the premise of science fiction as a cultural mode that is ... More


Speculative Realism and Science Fiction

Brian Willems

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781474422697
eISBN:
9781474438629
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474422697.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

A human-centred approach to the environment is leading to ecological collapse. One of the ways that speculative realism challenges anthropomorphism is by taking non-human things to be as valid ... More


Racial Worldmaking: The Power of Popular Fiction

Mark C. Jerng

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780823277759
eISBN:
9780823280544
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823277759.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Race and Ethnicity

When does racial description become racism? Critical race studies has not come up with good answers to this question because it has overemphasized the visuality of race. According to dominant ... More


Who Speaks Science Fiction?

Andy Sawyer

in Speaking Science Fiction

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780853238348
eISBN:
9781781380741
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Discontinued
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853238348.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

The present volume emerged from the ‘Speaking Science Fiction’ conference held in Liverpool in July 1996. The conference, organized by the University of Liverpool with the support of the Science ... More


Raising the Noise Level, 1951–66

Jad Smith

in John Brunner

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252037337
eISBN:
9780252094514
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252037337.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter details the early life of John Brunner. Brunner had first meaningful encounter with science fiction (SF) when grandfather's rare 1898 Heinemann edition of H. G. Wells' The War of the ... More


Jurassic Park

Paul Bullock

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781800348325
eISBN:
9781800850927
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781800348325.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

‘Constellations: Jurassic Park’ explores how Steven Spielberg used the film to investigate several key themes that have been important to him across his career. These themes are: nature and ... More


The Zug Effect

Brian Willems

in Speculative Realism and Science Fiction

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781474422697
eISBN:
9781474438629
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474422697.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

The Zug effect is part of only certain moments in science fiction which are open to representing ambiguity. Thus the book offers a different definition of sf because it focuses on the roles of ... More


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