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Plagues, Apocalypses and Bug-Eyed Monsters: How Speculative Fiction Shows Us Our Nightmares
by Heather Urbanski (Goodreads Author)
Speculative fiction - both science fiction and fantasy - reflects, among other things, the fears of the culture that created it, contributing (perhaps unconsciously) to our efforts to prevent our fears from coming true. While the names and media change over time, the themes of speculative fiction have a long history. Nineteenth century works such as Frankenstein and The In ...more
Paperback, 255 pages
Published January 9th 2007 by McFarland & Company
(first published January 1st 2007)
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This is an academic text that proves to be quite readable. Heather Urbanski focuses on what she dubs the "Nightmare Model" of science fiction literature and media: stories that focus on our fear of science and technology, of unbridled personal or state power, and of the unknown. After exploring the issues as depicted in SF she demonstrates how science fiction informs public debate and popular culture, using examples like Big Brother, Dr. Strangelove, and "Resistance is futile." She makes a stron ...more