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Fierce Speculation, 1967–75

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/9780252037337.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter focuses on John Brunner's works from 1967 to 1975. These include Quicksand (1967), which garnered testy and argumentative reviews; Zanzibar (1968), which went on to garner Nebula and ... More


An Introduction to Lois MCmaster Bujold

Edward James

in Lois McMaster Bujold

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252039324
eISBN:
9780252097379
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252039324.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter sketches the life and career of Lois McMaster Bujold. Lois McMaster was born in Columbus, Ohio, on November 2, 1949, the third child and only daughter of Robert Charles McMaster and ... More


Writing Radical Hard SF

Karen Burnham

in Greg Egan

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252038419
eISBN:
9780252096297
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252038419.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter begins with an overview of Greg Egan's fiction. It centers his work in the context of the “radical hard SF” promoted by the magazine Interzone in the mid-to-late 1980s and provides an ... More


Frederik Pohl

Michael R. Page

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252039652
eISBN:
9780252097744
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252039652.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

One of science fiction's undisputed grandmasters, Frederik Pohl built an astonishing career that spanned more than seven decades. In publishing novels, short stories, and essays, Pohl won millions of ... 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


John Brunner

Jad Smith

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252037337
eISBN:
9780252094514
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252037337.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Under his own name and numerous pseudonyms, John Brunner (1934–1995) was one of the most prolific and influential science fiction authors of the late twentieth century. During his exemplary career, ... More


Parallel Worlds

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/9780252037337.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This introductory chapter discusses the metaphor of parallel worlds as it relates to the work of John Brunner. Brunner once observed that while we all inhabit the same world, we live in and among ... More


‘Happy that It's Here’: an Interview With Nalo Hopkinson

Nancy Johnston

in Queer Universes: Sexualities in Science Fiction

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846311352
eISBN:
9781846313882
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846313882.011
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter introduces the readers to Nalo Hopkinson who is a critically-acclaimed Caribbean-Canadian science fiction writer. The chapter also provides the script of their conversations regarding ... More


Octavia E. Butler

Gerry Canavan

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252040665
eISBN:
9780252099106
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040665.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

“I began writing about power because I had so little,” Octavia E. Butler once said. Butler's life as an African American woman—an alien in American society and among science fiction writers—informed ... More


The Science Fiction

Edward James

in Lois McMaster Bujold

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252039324
eISBN:
9780252097379
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252039324.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter discusses the science fiction of Lois McMaster Bujold. Bujold has written about fourteen science fiction books and a number of short stories: approximately six thousand pages of text. ... More


Interview with John Brunner: Conducted by Steven L. Goldstein

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/9780252037337.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter presents the transcript of an interview with John Brunner conducted by Steven L. Goldstein. The interview covered topics such as where Brunner gets his ideas; how he goes about putting ... More


Revolutions: The Big Science of Visionary Biology

in A Martian Stranded on Earth: Alexander Bogdanov, Blood Transfusions, and Proletarian Science

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226454122
eISBN:
9780226454146
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226454146.003.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter discusses the theme of this volume which is about Russian physician and science fiction writer Alexander Bogdanov. This volume shows that the three different vocations of Bogdanov which ... More


At the Wrong End of Time, 1976–95

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/9780252037337.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter details events in the life of John Brunner from 1976 to 1995. At the height of his career, Brunner retreated from the science fiction (SF) world partly because of his health. Not long ... More


Aliens in the Fourth Dimension

Gwyneth Jones

in Speaking Science Fiction

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780853238348
eISBN:
9781781380741
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853238348.003.0017
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines the theme of communication as reworked in the chapter's author's ‘Aleutian’ trilogy. In so doing, it offers a fascinating interrogation of her own creation: how a science ... More


Science and Society

Karen Burnham

in Greg Egan

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252038419
eISBN:
9780252096297
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252038419.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

The vast majority of Greg Egan's writings concern science and the scientific process. Even when pointing out all the ways things can be unfair or go wrong, his fiction reflects a shining optimism ... More


Speaking of Homeplace, Speaking from Someplace

Candas Jane Dorsey

in Speaking Science Fiction

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780853238348
eISBN:
9781781380741
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853238348.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter discusses how the work of science fiction writers speaks of, if not ‘homeplace’ then ‘someplace’, even when they write the most speculative of fictions. It argues that writers locate ... More


Fantasy Worlds

Edward James

in Lois McMaster Bujold

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252039324
eISBN:
9780252097379
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252039324.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter focuses on Bujold's fantasy novels. Since the turn of the millennium Bujold has produced seven fantasy novels and just three science fiction novels. Her first fantasy novel was The ... More


Women, Uterine Replicators, and Sexuality

Edward James

in Lois McMaster Bujold

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252039324
eISBN:
9780252097379
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252039324.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter examines the feminist themes explored in Bujold's fictional work. For Bujold, feminism involves far more than writing about women. Bujold herself wondered if, in her writing, disability ... More


Brunner’s Legacy: Foreign Constellations

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/9780252037337.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter focuses on the legacy of John Brunner. A wave of memorials followed in the wake of his sudden death. His novel Stand on Zanzibar was classed as his greatest achievement and, along with ... More


Ethical Standards

Karen Burnham

in Greg Egan

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252038419
eISBN:
9780252096297
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252038419.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter examines Greg Egan's view of ethics, which can be seen from his earliest breakout story, “The Cutie” (1989). It looks at several facets of ethical concerns, including medical ethics as ... More


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