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The Science Fiction Handbook


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Part I: Introduction. Science Fiction in Western Culture. Part II: Brief Historical Surveys of Science Fiction Subgenres. The Time-Travel Invasion. The Alien Invasion Narrative. The Space Opera. Apocalyptic and Post-Disaster Narratives. Dystopian Science Fiction. Utopian Fiction. Feminism, Science Fiction, and Gender. Science Fiction and Satire. Cyberpunk and Posthuman Science Fiction. Multicultural Science Fiction. Part III: Representative Science Fiction Authors. Isaac Asimov (1920?1992). Margaret Atwood (1939?). Octavia Butler (1947?2006). Samuel R. Delany (1942?). Philip K. Dick (1928?1982). William Gibson (1948?). Nicola Griffith (1960?). Joe Haldeman (1943?). Robert A. Heinlein (1907?1988). Nalo Hopkinson (1960?). Ursula K. Le Guin (1929?). Ian McDonald (1960?). China Mieville (1972?). George Orwell (1903?1950). Marge Piercy (1936?). Frederik Pohl (1919?). Kim Stanley Robinson (1952?). Neal Stephenson (1959?). H. G. Wells (1866?1946). Part IV: Discussions of Individual Texts. H. G. Wells, The Time Machine (1895). H. G. Wells, The War of the Worlds (1898). George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949). Isaac Asimov, I, Robot (1950). Frederik Pohl and C. M. Kormbluth, The Space Merchants (1952). Robert A. Heinlein, Starship Troopers (1959). Philip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968). Ursula K. Le Guin, The Dispossessed (1974). Joe Haldeman, The Forever War (1974). Marge Piercy, Woman on the Edge of Time (1976). Samuel R. Delany, Trouble on Triton (1976). William Gibson, Neuromancer (1984). Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid?s Tale (1985). Octavia Butler, ?Xenogenesis? trilogy (1987?1989). Neal Stephenson, Snow Crash (1992). Nicola Griffith, Ammonite (1994). Kim Stanley Robinson, ?Mars? trilogy (1992?1996). Nalo Hopkinson, Midnight Robber (2000). China Mieville, Perdido Street Station (2000). Ian McDonald, River of Gods (2005). Glossary. Selected Bibliography. Index.

About the Author

M. Keith Booker is the James E. and Ellen Wadley Roper Professor of English and Director of the Program in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies at the University of Arkansas. He is the author of more than 30 books on literature, popular culture, and cultural theory. Anne-Marie Thomas is Associate Professor of English at Austin Community College. She teaches literature and composition, including science fiction classes for the college?s Honors Program.


"Science fiction has been an important force in English-language literature and publishing for well over one hundred years. The task of adequately summarizing it ... would seem daunting. Doing it adequately and in a manner that is both understandable to the lay reader and even at times entertaining might seem an impossibility. And doing all that in fewer than 350 pages . . . forget it. But Booker and Thomas have succeeded. Bravo. As Mr. Spock might say, with the lift of an eyebrow, 'Fascinating.' As is this handbook. Every decent library should have it, and every good science fiction fan should refer to it. I guarantee you'll learn something and have your horizons expanded." (Green Man Review, September 2009) ?Booker and Thomas have produced a valuable work that manages to find a niche in a suddenly crowded market for resources on science fiction.? (CHOICE, October 2009) "The book is ... rich, [and] diverse ... .If you are interested in science fiction ... you [should] run out and get a copy. Although the focus is on literature, movies and TV shows are also included. I highly recommend it. The book not only taught me and demonstrated its a potential as a reference work, it introduced me to works of science fiction that I had not read and left me wanting to go out and read them." (Exploring Our Matrix Blog, September 2009) "In short, The Science Fiction Handbook is a fascinating reference work that puts science fiction subgenres into historical perspective while offering more detailed analyses of representative corresponding novels." (SF Signal, July 2009) ?In The Science Fiction Handbook, authors M. Keith Booker and Anne-Marie Thomas finally give the genre its due, and celebrate it, as well as help to distinguish it from other forms such as fantasy or horror.? (SFscope.com, April 2009)

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