Science Fiction is a fascinating and comprehensive introduction to one of the most popular areas of modern culture. This second edition reflects how the field is rapidly changing in both its practice and its critical reception. With an entirely new conclusion and all other chapters fully reworked and updated, this volume includes:
* a concise history of science fiction and...more
For a book that is easily pocketable (easy to carry around) it is dense with information. And it's easy to read, unlike some fancy schmancy books.
Essentially, 'science fiction is scientific fictionalising.' (p.8)
"...two broad approaches to the question of origins, and the difference between these two approaches focuses different ways of understanding the nature of SF. Stress the relative youth of the mode, and you are arguing that SF is a specific artistic response to a very particular set of historical and c ...more
Good illustration of sf being more than young adult masculine fixations and second-grade entertainment text. Especially enjoyed the genre and race chapters.
Curious how Roberts went from arguing about SF modernity to later research of antiquity that can be seen in later publications.
Adam Roberts (born 1965) is an academic, critic and novelist. He also writes parodies under the pseudonyms of A.R.R.R. Roberts, A3R Roberts and Don Brine. He also blogs at The Valve, a group blog devoted to literature and cultural studies.
He has a degree in English from the ...more