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Science Fiction and the Prediction of the Future : Essays on Foresight and Fallacy.

Author: Gary Westfahl; Wong Kin Yuen; Amy Kit-sze Chan
Publisher: Jefferson : McFarland & Co., Publishers, 2011.
Series: Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy 27.
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Science fiction has always challenged readers with depictions of the future. Can the genre actually provide glimpses of the world of tomorrow? This collection of fifteen international and interdisciplinary essays examines the genre's predictions and breaks new ground by considering the prophetic functions of science fiction films as well as SF literature. Among the texts and topics examined are classic stories by  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Westfahl, Gary,
Science Fiction and the Prediction of the Future : Essays on Foresight and Fallacy.
Jefferson : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, ©2011
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Gary Westfahl; Wong Kin Yuen; Amy Kit-sze Chan
ISBN: 9780786484768 0786484764
OCLC Number: 707067747
Description: 1 online resource (271 pages).
Contents: Cover; Table of Contents; Introduction; Part I: Cosmic Visions; 1. Pitfalls of Prophecy; 2. Emotional Dimensions of Transmimetic Fiction; 3. The Internet and the Anagogical Myths of Science Fiction; 4. Technobodies and the Anxieties of Performance; 5. Places of Alterity in Science Fiction; Part II: The Practice of Prophecy; 6. Future City Tokyo; 7. Rebooting "A Logic Named Joe"; 8. Victims of a Globalized, Radicalized, Technologized World, or, Why the Beatles Needed Help!; 9. "A Journey Beyond the Stars" 2001; 10. The Endless Odyssey; 11. Intercultural and Interface.
Series Title: Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy 27.

Abstract:

Science fiction has always challenged readers with depictions of the future. Can the genre actually provide glimpses of the world of tomorrow? This collection of fifteen international and interdisciplinary essays examines the genre's predictions and breaks new ground by considering the prophetic functions of science fiction films as well as SF literature. Among the texts and topics examined are classic stories by Murray Leinster, C.L. Moore, and Cordwainer Smith; 2001: A Space Odyssey and its sequels, Japanese anime and Hong Kong cinema; and electronic fiction.
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