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Science Writing on New Grub Street

in Victorian Popularizers of Science: Designing Nature for New Audiences

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226481180
eISBN:
9780226481173
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226481173.003.0008
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter examines the works of important popularizers of science in the final decades of the nineteenth century in England. These include Agnes Giberne, Eliza Brightwen, Henry Hutchinson, Alice ... More


Underground Palaces and Castles in the Air: The Realms and Ruins of the Arabian Nights

Melissa Dickson

in Cultural Encounters with the Arabian Nights in Nineteenth-Century Britain

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781474443647
eISBN:
9781474477055
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474443647.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Chapter 2 explores the use of the Arabian Nights as a familiar cultural narrative through which the burgeoning practices of archaeology, geology, geography and ethnography might be communicated. In ... More


Adventures of a Romantic Naturalist

Jared S. Buss

in Willy Ley: Prophet of the Space Age

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780813054438
eISBN:
9780813053172
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813054438.003.0005
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter follows Ley’s early years in the United States during the late 1930s. By analyzing his turn toward general science writing on topics such as natural history and zoology, the chapter ... More


About Method: Experimenters, Snake Venom, and the History of Writing Scientifically

Jutta Schickore

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780226449982
eISBN:
9780226450049
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226450049.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

About Method: Experimenters, Snake Venom, and the History of Writing Scientifically is a long-term history of scientists’ methodological discussions about experimentation in the life sciences. It ... More


True Life Science Fiction: Sexual Politics and the Lab Procedural

Gwyneth Jones

in Tactical Biopolitics: Art, Activism, and Technoscience

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262042499
eISBN:
9780262271127
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262042499.003.0017
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter recounts the ways in which an engagement with the practice and content of scientific research radically changed the author's literary creative practice. Science itself, and the exciting ... More


Communicating with Data: The Art of Writing for Data Science

Deborah Nolan and Sara Stoudt

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
July 2021
ISBN:
9780198862741
eISBN:
9780191895357
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198862741.001.0001
Subject:
Mathematics, Analysis, Applied Mathematics

Communicating with Data: The Art of Writing for Data Science aims to help students and researchers write about their data insights in a way that is both compelling and faithful to the data. This book ... More


. Time Out of Joint: The World(s) of Philip K. Dick's The Man in the High Castle

Robert M. Philmus

in Visions And Re-Visions: (Re)constructing Science Fiction

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780853238997
eISBN:
9781781380864
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Discontinued
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853238997.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter analyzes Philip K. Dick's The Man in the High Castle (1962). It argues that High Castle's science-fictional construction all but inevitably depends on what it has to say about history. ... More


Afterword: A Revisionary Construction of Genre, with Particular Reference to Science Fiction

Robert M. Philmus

in Visions And Re-Visions: (Re)constructing Science Fiction

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780853238997
eISBN:
9781781380864
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Discontinued
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853238997.003.0013
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter presents some final thoughts. Topics discussed include the meaning of ‘governing conception’; genre as both a variable determinant and a product of textual (re)construction; the notion ... More


. Olaf Stapledon's Tragi-Cosmic Vision

Robert M. Philmus

in Visions And Re-Visions: (Re)constructing Science Fiction

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780853238997
eISBN:
9781781380864
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Discontinued
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853238997.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter analyzes the science fiction of Olaf Stapledon. These include Last and First Men (1930), Odd John (1935), Star Maker (1937), and Sirius (1944). What is surprising about Stapledon is that ... More


. Jorge Luis Borges and the Labyrinths of Time

Robert M. Philmus

in Visions And Re-Visions: (Re)constructing Science Fiction

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780853238997
eISBN:
9781781380864
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Discontinued
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853238997.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter analyzes the works of Jorge Luis Borges. The discussions cover his baroque fascination with paradoxes, metaphysical games, and infinite progressions and regresses; and his precursors, ... More


Visions And Re-Visions: (Re)constructing Science Fiction

Robert M. Philmus

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780853238997
eISBN:
9781781380864
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Discontinued
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853238997.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This book offers a literary analysis of science fiction writing. It critically examines the works of some of the most prominent writers to have written in the genre — including Evgeny Zamiatin, Karel ... More


. ‘Elsewhere Elsewhen Otherwise’: Italo Calvino's ‘Cosmicomic’ Tales

Robert M. Philmus

in Visions And Re-Visions: (Re)constructing Science Fiction

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780853238997
eISBN:
9781781380864
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Discontinued
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853238997.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter analyzes the distinctions between Calvino the critic and Calvino the fiction writer. It argues that Calvino's habitual solemnity in addressing the public in propria persona as a critic ... More


. Re-visions of The Time Machine

Robert M. Philmus

in Visions And Re-Visions: (Re)constructing Science Fiction

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780853238997
eISBN:
9781781380864
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Discontinued
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853238997.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

H. G. Wells constantly revisits his early ‘scientific romances’ and reconceives them in the same way that he had all along been reconceiving works by other writers. Returning, in effect, to his ... More


. Stanislaw Lem's Futurological Congress as a Metageneric Text

Robert M. Philmus

in Visions And Re-Visions: (Re)constructing Science Fiction

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780853238997
eISBN:
9781781380864
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Discontinued
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853238997.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter argues that Stanislaw Lem's Futurological Congress (1971) is a text without parallel in the rest of his opus, and not only in the degree to which it is generically self-reflexive but ... More


. Kurt Vonnegut, Historiographer of the Absurd: The Sirens of Titan

Robert M. Philmus

in Visions And Re-Visions: (Re)constructing Science Fiction

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780853238997
eISBN:
9781781380864
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Discontinued
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853238997.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter analyzes Kurt Vonnegut's The Sirens of Titan (1959). Siren is a reflection of Vonnegut's description of himself as being ‘in the business of making jokes’. The novel sets itself apart ... More


. Swift, Zamyatin, and Orwell and the Language of Utopia

Robert M. Philmus

in Visions And Re-Visions: (Re)constructing Science Fiction

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780853238997
eISBN:
9781781380864
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Discontinued
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853238997.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter explores the distinctions between utopian, anti-utopian, and dystopian fiction. It argues that the transition from utopia to dystopia is the outcome not just of historical factors, but ... More


. C. S. Lewis and the Fictions of ‘Scientism’

Robert M. Philmus

in Visions And Re-Visions: (Re)constructing Science Fiction

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780853238997
eISBN:
9781781380864
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Discontinued
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853238997.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter analyzes C. S. Lewis' trilogy consisting of Out of the Silent Planet (1938), Perelandra (1943), and That Hideous Strength (1945). It argues that all three books chart a fairly ‘simple ... More


. Ursula K. Le Guin and Time's Dispossession

Robert M. Philmus

in Visions And Re-Visions: (Re)constructing Science Fiction

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780853238997
eISBN:
9781781380864
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Discontinued
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853238997.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter analyzes Ursula K. Le Guin's The Dispossessed. It argues that the book is above all else a science-fictional Bildungsroman. But the uncertainties attending the quest to redeem the past ... More


. Generic Configurations of A Story of the Days to Come

Robert M. Philmus

in Visions And Re-Visions: (Re)constructing Science Fiction

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780853238997
eISBN:
9781781380864
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Discontinued
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853238997.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter analyzes generic constructions of H. G. Wells' A Story of the Days to Come (1899). Specifically, it examines Days to Come in generic relation to William Morris' News from Nowhere and ... More


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