Fifty Key Figures in Science Fiction (Routledge Key Guides) by Mark Bould

By Mark Bould

Fifty Key Figures in technology Fiction is a suite of enticing essays on one of the most major figures who've formed and outlined the style. different teams in the technological know-how fiction neighborhood are represented, from novelists and movie makers to comedian e-book and tv writers. vital and influential names mentioned include:

Octavia Butler
George Lucas
Robert Heinlein
Gene Roddenberry
Stan Lee
Ursula okay. Le Guin
H.G. Wells

This awesome reference advisor charts the wealthy and sundry panorama of technology fiction and contains beneficial and up to date lists of additional interpreting on the finish of every access. to be had in a simple to exploit A-Z structure, Fifty Key Figures in technology Fiction might be of curiosity to scholars of Literature, movie reviews, and Cultural stories.

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Like Kurt Vonnegut, another writer with extraordinary Second World War experience, Ballard was largely uninterested in the history and culture of sf. While Ballard influenced many mainstream writers, from Martin Amis to Will Self, his genre influence tended to be on those, like William Gibson, who want to push at and beyond its boundaries. Instead, sf provided Ballard with the devices and tropes to develop a haunting and evocative imaginary of our postcatastrophic world. All too often, the world feels like it is becoming ever more Ballardian.

B. Tauris. ——(2006) “Was Captain Black Really Red? the tv science fiction of Gerry Anderson in its cold war context,” Media History, 12(2): 193–207. NICHOLAS J. CULL ISAAC ASIMOV [BORN ISAAK JUDAH OZIMOV] (1920–92) US sf and science writer. Born in Russia, Isaac Asimov emigrated with his parents to New York City in 1923, where – apart from two decades in Boston – he spent nearly all the rest of his life. Asimov wrote at a furious pace that made him one of the most prolific authors of his time. He himself 7 ISAAC ASIMOV (1920–92) counted almost 500 volumes in his oeuvre, though bibliographic research has demonstrated that the number of actually distinct books he produced is much closer to 200 (still a stupendous figure, of course).

Banks is not the only contemporary British sf writer to explore space opera from a leftist position. Colin Greenland won popular and 20 IAIN M. BANKS (1954–) critical acclaim with the self-reflexive romp of Take back Plenty (1990) and the ironic steampunk of Harm’s Way (1993), both of which feature female protagonists. Banks’s friend Ken MacLeod produced the Fall Revolution quartet (1995–99), which featured Trotskyist and libertarian characters and politics, and the Engines of Light trilogy (2000– 2002).

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