The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy

The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy Author Gary Westfahl
ISBN-10 0313329516
Release 2005
Pages 1395
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A comprehensive three-volume reference work offers six hundred entries, with the first two volumes covering themes and the third volume exploring two hundred classic works in literature, television, and film.

Science Fiction and Empire

Science Fiction and Empire Author Patricia Kerslake
ISBN-10 9781846315046
Release 2010-08-01
Pages 217
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From its beginnings, science fiction has experimented with imperialistic scenarios of alien invasion, extraterrestrial exploitation, xenophobia, and colonial conquest. In Science Fiction and Empire, Patricia Kerslake brings contemporary thinking about postcolonialism and imperialism to bear on a variety of classic sci-fi novels and films, including The War of the Worlds, Stanislaw Lem’s Solaris, and Star Wars. The first book to identify the consequences of empire in science fiction, Kerslake’s study is a compelling investigation of the political ramifications of how we imagine our future. “Science Fiction and Empire is thought-provoking and insightful, . . . the kind of large-scale postcolonial work that science fiction has needed for quite some time.”—Science Fiction Studies

Science Fiction Children s Literature and Popular Culture

Science Fiction  Children s Literature  and Popular Culture Author Gary Westfahl
ISBN-10 0313308470
Release 2000-01-01
Pages 157
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Literature often is central to individual maturation. It typically reflects, in one way or another, the experiences of the reader and the larger strains of society. This book examines representative works of science fiction, children's literature, and popular culture as mirrors of what it means to grow up in the contemporary world. That world is permeated by technology, and technology thus figures prominently in the process of growing up and in these literary works. Included are chapters on Superman, the Hardy Boys, Star Trek, music videos, and other topics.

Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy Entries

Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy  Entries Author Robin Anne Reid
ISBN-10 0313335923
Release 2009
Pages 408
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"Examines women's contributions to science fiction and fantasy across a range of media and genres, such as fiction, nonfiction, film, television, art, comics, graphic novels, and music."--

Typewriter in the Sky

Typewriter in the Sky Author L. Ron Hubbard
ISBN-10 9781592121366
Release 1995-08-15
Pages 197
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Modern man Mike de Wolf gets stranded in a pirate adventure being written by his friend Horace Hackett and finds himself fighting for his life as the villainous Miguel de Lobo, while trying to figure out how to extricate himself from Horace's fatal plot.

The Mechanics of Wonder

The Mechanics of Wonder Author Gary Westfahl
ISBN-10 0853235732
Release 1998-01-01
Pages 344
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This is a sustained argument about the idea of science fiction by a renowned critic. Overturning many received opinions, it is both controversial and stimulating Much of the controversy arises from Westfahl's resurrection of Hugo Gernsback - for decades a largely derided figure - as the true creator of science fiction. Following an initial demolition of earlier critics, Westfahl argues for Gernsback's importance. His argument is fully documented, showing a much greater familiarity with early American science fiction, particularly magazine fiction, than previous academic critics or historians. After his initial chapters on Gernsback, he examines the way in which the Gernsback tradition was adopted and modified by later magazine editors and early critics. This involves a re-evaluation of the importance of John W. Campbell to the history of science fiction as well as a very interesting critique of Robert Heinlein's Beyond the Horizon, one the seminal texts of American science fiction. In conclusion, Westfahl uses the theories of Gernsback and Campbell to develop a descriptive definition of science fiction and he explores the ramifications of that definition. The Mechanics of Wonder will arouse debate and force the questioning of presuppositions. No other book so closely examines the origins and development of the idea of science fiction, and it will stand among a small number of crucial texts with which every science fiction scholar or prospective science fiction scholar will have to read.

Encyclopedia of Fictional and Fantastic Languages

Encyclopedia of Fictional and Fantastic Languages Author
ISBN-10 9780313021930
Release 2006-06-01
Pages 236
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Encyclopedia of Fictional and Fantastic Languages has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Encyclopedia of Fictional and Fantastic Languages also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Encyclopedia of Fictional and Fantastic Languages book for free.

Encyclopedia of Literature and Science

Encyclopedia of Literature and Science Author Pamela Gossin
ISBN-10 0313305382
Release 2002
Pages 575
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This reference defines the rapidly emerging interdisciplinary field of literature and science. An introductory essay traces the history of the field, its growing reputation, and the current state of research. Broad in scope, the volume covers world literature from its beginnings to the present day and illuminates the role of science in literature and literary studies. This volume includes over 650 A-Z entries on: topics and themes, significant writers and scientists, key works, and important theories and methodologies.

The Star Beast

The Star Beast Author Robert A. Heinlein
ISBN-10 1451638914
Release 2013-04-30
Pages 320
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Compelling coming-of-age SF adventure from legendary SF master and multiple New York Times best-seller Robert A. Heinlein. A young boy and his friend run away from home to protect a cute (if rather large) alien pet that turns out to be much more than just a pet indeed. Afterword by Wen Spencer. Lummox has been the pet of the Stuart family for generations. With eight legs, a thick hide and huge (and growing) size, Lummox is nobody’s idea of man’s best friend. Nevertheless, John Stuart XI, descendant of the starman who originally brought Lummox back to Earth, loves him. But when Lummox eats a neighbor’s car and begins to grow again, the Feds decide enough is enough. John isn’t about to let the authorities take his pet away, and with his best friend friend Betty, determines to save Lummox even if it takes leaving the life he’s known forever. An all time science fiction coming-of-age classic from seven-time Hugo winner and Dean of Science Fiction, Robert A. Heinlein. About Robert A. Heinlein: “Not only America's premier writer of speculative fiction, but the great writer of such fiction in the world.”—Stephen King. “One of the grand masters of science fiction.”—Wall Street Journal Comprehensive Teacher's Guide available.

The Science of Fiction and the Fiction of Science

The Science of Fiction and the Fiction of Science Author Frank McConnell
ISBN-10 9780786437221
Release 2009-01-29
Pages 232
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"At first emphasizing that science fiction is primarily one of many forms of storytelling, McConnell gradually recognized science fiction as a modern expression of Gnosticism, rejecting bodily concerns for an exclusive emphasis on spirituality. McConnell's essays cover such topics as H.G. Wells, science fiction in academia, and the role of genre in storytelling"--Provided by publisher.

The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Folktales and Fairy Tales 3 Volumes

The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Folktales and Fairy Tales  3 Volumes Author Donald Haase
ISBN-10 9780313049477
Release 2007-12-30
Pages 1240
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Provides entries on themes and motifs, individuals, characters and character types, national traditions, and genres of folk and fairy tales from around the world.

Studio Ghibli

Studio Ghibli Author Michelle Le Blanc
ISBN-10 9781843444893
Release 2015-06-26
Pages 192
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The animations of Japan's Studio Ghibli are amongst the highest regarded in the movie industry. Their delightful films rank alongside the most popular non-English language films ever made, with each new eagerly-anticipated release a guaranteed box-office smash. This new, up-to-date and expanded edition examines all their major works, including The Wind Rises and When Marnie Was There and explores the cultural and thematic threads that bind their films together.

The Little Book of Coaching

The Little Book of Coaching Author Kenneth H. Blanchard
ISBN-10 9780007122202
Release 2002
Pages 117
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This is the small book with a big motivational message - that we can all be winners with the right management techniques.

David Lynch

David Lynch Author Colin Odell
ISBN-10 9781842433829
Release 2010-10-21
Pages 197
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Internationally renowned, David Lynch is America's premier purveyor of the surreal, an artist whose work in cinema and television has exposed the world to his highly personalised view of society. This book examines his entire work, from the cult surrealism of his debut feature Eraserhead to his latest mystery, Inland Empire, considering the themes, motifs and stories behind his incredible works. In Lynch's world the mundane and the fantastical collide, often with terrifying consequences. It is a place where the abnormal is normal, where the respectable becomes sinister, where innocence is lost and redemption gained at a terrible price. And there's always music in the air. From the deserts of a distant world to an ordinary backyard, at the breakneck speed of Lost Highway or the sedate determination of The Straight Story, readers will experience amateur sleuths, messiahs, giants and dwarves, chanteuses, psychopaths, cherry pie and damn fine coffee. David Lynch is your guide to this other world... and this is your guide to David Lynch.

Snow Crash

Snow Crash Author Neal Stephenson
ISBN-10 0553898191
Release 2003-08-26
Pages 480
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One of Time’s 100 best English-language novels • A mind-altering romp through a future America so bizarre, so outrageous—you’ll recognize it immediately Only once in a great while does a writer come along who defies comparison—a writer so original he redefines the way we look at the world. Neal Stephenson is such a writer and Snow Crash is such a novel, weaving virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility to bring us the gigathriller of the information age. In reality, Hiro Protagonist delivers pizza for Uncle Enzo’s CosoNostra Pizza Inc., but in the Metaverse he’s a warrior prince. Plunging headlong into the enigma of a new computer virus that’s striking down hackers everywhere, he races along the neon-lit streets on a search-and-destroy mission for the shadowy virtual villain threatening to bring about infocalypse. Praise for Snow Crash “[Snow Crash is] a cross between Neuromancer and Thomas Pynchon’s Vineland. This is no mere hyperbole.”—The San Francisco Bay Guardian “Fast-forward free-style mall mythology for the twenty-first century.”—William Gibson “Brilliantly realized . . . Stephenson turns out to be an engaging guide to an onrushing tomorrow.”—The New York Times Book Review

Charlie Kaufman and Hollywood s Merry Band of Pranksters Fabulists and Dreamers

Charlie Kaufman and Hollywood s Merry Band of Pranksters  Fabulists and Dreamers Author Derek Hill
ISBN-10 STANFORD:36105131657079
Release 2008
Pages 188
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Since the late 1990s, a subtle, subversive element has been at work within the staid confines of the Hollywood dream factory. Young filmmakers like Spike Jonze, Wes Anderson, Michel Gondry, David O. Russell, Richard Linklater, and Sofia Coppola rode in on the coattails of the independent film movement that blossomed in the early 1990s and have managed to wage an aesthetic campaign against cowardice of the imagination, much like their artistic forebears, the so-called Movie Brats—Coppola, Scorsese, De Palma, Altman, and Ashby among others—did in the 1970s. But their true pedigree can be traced back to the cinematic provocateurs of the Nouvelle Vague—such as Truffaut, Goddard, Chabrol, Rohmer, and Rivette—who, in the late 1950s and throughout the 1960s, liberated screens around the world with a series of films that challenged our assumptions of what the medium could offer and how stories could be told—all of them snapping with style as much as they delivered on ideas. Highly idiosyncratic yet intricately realized, accessible yet willing to overthrow the constraints of formal storytelling, surreal yet always grounded in human emotions, this new film movement captures the angst of its characters and the times in which we live, but with a wryness, imagination, earnestness, irony, and stylish wit that makes the slide into existential despair a little more amusing than it should be.

Space and Beyond

Space and Beyond Author Gary Westfahl
ISBN-10 0313308462
Release 2000-01
Pages 207
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Although the exploration of space has long preoccupied authors and filmmakers, the development of an actual space program, discoveries about the true nature of space, and critical reconsiderations of America's frontier experiences have challenged and complicated conventional portrayals of humans in space. This volume reexamines the themes of space and the frontier in science fiction in light of recent scientific and literary developments. Included are the observations of noted science fiction writers such as Arthur C. Clarke, Gregory Benford, James Gunn, and Jack Williamson, along with contributions from leading scholars in the field.