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Science Fiction 1th edition

ISBN:0745628931

ISBN13:9780745628936

Publisher:Polity

Author:Roger Luckhurst

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Science Fiction Description

In this new and timely cultural history of science fiction, RogerLuckhurst examines the genre from its origins in the latenineteenth century to its latest manifestations. The bookintroduces and explicates major works of science fiction literatureby placing them in a series of contexts, using the history ofscience and technology, political and economic history, andcultural theory to develop the means for understanding the uniquequalities of the genre.

Luckhurst reads science fiction as a literature of modernity. Hisastute analysis examines how the genre provides a constantlymodulating record of how human embodiment is transformed byscientific and technological change and how the very sense of selfis imaginatively recomposed in popular fictions that range fromutopian possibility to Gothic terror. This highly readable studycharts the overlapping yet distinct histories of British andAmerican science fiction, with commentary on the central authors,magazines, movements and texts from 1880 to the present day. Itwill be an invaluable guide and resource for all students takingcourses on science fiction, technoculture and popular literature,but will equally be fascinating for anyone who has ever enjoyed ascience fiction book.

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