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A Companion to Science Fiction by David Seed


A Companion to Science Fiction by David Seed

A Companion to Science Fiction assembles essays by an international range of scholars which discuss the contexts, themes and methods used by science fiction writers. This Companion conveys the scale and variety of science fiction. Shows how science fiction has been used as a means of debating cultural issues. Essays by an international range of scholars discuss the contexts, themes and methods used by science fiction writers. Addresses general topics, such as the history and origins of the genre, its engagement with science and gender, and national variations of science fiction around the English-speaking world. Maps out connections between science fiction, television, the cinema, virtual reality technology, and other aspects of the culture. Includes a section focusing on major figures, such as H.G. Wells, Arthur C. Clarke, and Ursula Le Guin. Offers close readings of particular novels, from Mary Shelley s Frankenstein to Margaret Atwood s The Handmaid s Tale .


The volume as a whole successfully acquaints diligent readers with an array of substantive avenues of critical inquiry into science fiction ... Highly recommended. Choice [This] Companion provides unusual depth and detail ... The main strengths here are the distinguished roster of contributors, who have plenty of thought-provoking ideas ... Anyone seeking an immersion course in the history and criticism of [science fiction] today will find that their time is well repaid. Science Fiction Studies

About the Author

David Seed is Professor in the School of English at Liverpool University. He has published books on Joseph Heller, Thomas Pynchon, science fiction and the Cold War, and cultural representations of brainwashing. He edits the Science Fiction series of Liverpool University Press and serves as a consulting editor for the journal Science Fiction Studies.

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Publication date

16th May 2008


David Seed

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Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd) an imprint of John Wiley and Sons Ltd


632 pages


Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers



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