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The Routledge Companion to Science Fiction This is a collection of papers on sf and its various tropes and genres, for the most part written by and for academicians, fans and activists of various stripes.Part I is a historical survey of sf, mostly addressing the 20th and early 21st centuries Parts III and IV discuss issues, themes and genres found in sf All are interesting and mostly accessible to the general reader, although I wish some of the material and context had been addressed indepth.Part II is a lengthy, disjointed and This is a collection of papers on sf and its various tropes and genres, for the most part written by and for academicians, fans and activists of various stripes.Part I is a historical survey of sf, mostly addressing the 20th and early 21st centuries Parts III and IV discuss issues, themes and genres found in sf All are interesting and mostly accessible to the general reader, although I wish some of the material and context had been addressed indepth.Part II is a lengthy, disjointed and often unintentionally hilarious trek through every kind of critical theory and ism that seems to be rampant in departments of philosophy, literature and cultural studies these days Although the authors liberally reference and interpret various strands of twentieth century thought, it s often hard to seethan a tenuous link between the chapters themselves and the bodies of work they purportedly describe and analyze Some chapters seem to be littlethan a string of quotes and footnotes assembled hurriedly to meet a publishing deadline without much thought to the actual subject of sf Or the language is so convoluted that you forget the point that s being made by the time you reach the end of a sentence.For example, this reference to how one theorist of virtuality considers their original cybernetic vision of a pattern identity continually produced and reproduced through informational processes of homeostatic self regulation to imply both a fundamental instability similar to the emphasis on iteration in theories of performativity and a transformation of body boundaries, as the self contained individual becomes spliced into feedback loops and entangled with his or her environment, in ways that make it difficult to sharply distinguish the two Lots of ten dollar words here It simply means that one of the themes explored in cyberpunk fiction is that all technology is merely an extension of what makes us human, and that theadvanced it gets theit breaks down the idea of a world out there that is distinct and completely separate from human beings themselves But using plain English would make it sound less inscrutable and profound I suppose some people go for this sort of linguistic and intellectual masturbatory gymnastics But like most people, I read sf for the stories, characters and ideas they so explore, not to de con struct it into case studies in poststructuralism, postmodernism, posthumanism, postcolonialism, psychoanalytic theory, marxism, radical feminism, queer theory, masochism and or intellectual contortionism.My advice enjoy Parts I, III and IV of this volume, but skip Part II In its place, curl up instead with a good novel or short story by an author such as Ray Bradbury, Ursula Le Guin, William Gibson, Adam Roberts or China Mi ville An interesting and useful book for those researching science fiction from an academic point of view. I skipped around a bit, but the essays in the historical section are solid as are the brief introductions overviews about critical race theory, feminism, marxism, postcolonialism, and queer theory and yay for suggested reading lists. A full and comprehensive overview of science fiction both in literature and movies I read it for my thesis, and recommend it to anyone interested in studying science fiction or looking for some further reading on this subject. First third on history was very good Skimmed through rest Not an easy read The Routledge Companion to Science Fiction is a comprehensive overview of the history and study of science fiction It outlines major writers, movements, and texts in the genre, established critical approaches and areas for future study Fifty six entries by a team of renowned international contributors are divided into four parts which look, in turn, at history an integrated chronological narrative of the genre s development theory detailed accounts of major theoretical approaches including feminism, Marxism, psychoanalysis, cultural studies, postcolonialism, posthumanism and utopian studies issues and challenges anticipates future directions for study in areas as diverse as science studies, music, design, environmentalism, ethics and alterity subgenres a prismatic view of the genre, tracing themes and developments within specific subgenresBringing into dialogue the many perspectives on the genre The Routledge Companion to Science Fiction is essential reading for anyone interested in the history and the future of science fiction and the way it is taught and studied


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