The Cambridge companion to science fiction

Mendlesohn, Farah and James, Edward (2003) The Cambridge companion to science fiction. Cambridge Companions to Literature . Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. ISBN 0521016576

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Science fiction is at the intersection of numerous fields. It is a literature which draws on popular culture, and which engages in speculation about science, history, and all types of social relations. This volume brings together essays by scholars and practitioners of science fiction, which look at the genre from these different angles. After an introduction to the nature of science fiction, historical chapters trace science fiction from Thomas More to more recent years, including a chapter on film and television. The second section introduces four important critical approaches to science fiction drawing their theoretical inspiration from Marxism, postmodernism, feminism and queer theory. The final and largest section of the book looks at various themes and sub-genres of science fiction. A number of well-known science fiction writers contribute to this volume, including Gwyneth Jones, Ken MacLeod, Brian Stableford Andy Duncan, James Gunn, Joan Slonczewski, and Damien Broderick.

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Co-edited with Edward James. Awarded the British Science

Fiction Association non-fiction prize, 2004, and the Hugo, 2005.

FM edited 50% of the book, and wrote the introduction (pp. 1-12) which won the BSFA award (see above) in 2004.

Research Areas:A. > School of Media and Performing Arts > Media > English Language and Literature
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