Science Fictions

Science Fictions

'Thrilling... Ritchie reminds us that another world is possible' The Times Books of the Year 2020 So much relies on science. But what if science itself can't be relied on?

Author: Stuart Ritchie

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781473564251

Category: Science

Page: 368

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So much relies on science. But what if science itself can’t be relied on? Medicine, education, psychology, health, parenting – wherever it really matters, we look to science for guidance. Science Fictions reveals the disturbing flaws that undermine our understanding of all of these fields and more. While the scientific method will always be our best and only way of knowing about the world, in reality the current system of funding and publishing science not only fails to safeguard against scientists’ inescapable biases and foibles, it actively encourages them. Many widely accepted and highly influential theories and claims – about ‘priming’ and ‘growth mindset’, sleep and nutrition, genes and the microbiome, as well as a host of drugs, allergies and therapies – turn out to be based on unreliable, exaggerated and even fraudulent papers. We can trace their influence in everything from austerity economics to the anti-vaccination movement, and occasionally count the cost of them in human lives. Stuart Ritchie has been at the vanguard of a new reform movement within science aimed at exposing and fixing these problems. In this vital investigation, he gathers together the evidence of their full and shocking extent and proposes a host of remedies to save and protect this most valuable of human endeavours from itself.
Categories: Science

Science Fiction in Colonial India 18351905

Science Fiction in Colonial India  18351905

Modernity in the Empire: Colonial versus Metropolitan Science Fiction Each of
these writers inhabited a complex social position. If, as Darko Suvin proposes, a
key characteristic of science fiction is estrangement, the writers of these stories ...

Author: Mary Ellis Gibson

Publisher: Anthem Press

ISBN: 9781783088645

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 184

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"Science Fiction in Colonial India, 1835–1905" shows, for the first time, how science fiction writing developed in India years before the writings of Jules Verne and H. G. Wells. The five stories presented in this collection, in their cultural and political contexts, help form a new picture of English language writing in India and a new understanding of the connections among science fiction, modernity and empire. [NP] Speculative fiction developed early in India in part because the intrinsic dysfunction and violence of colonialism encouraged writers there to project alternative futures, whether utopian or dystopic. The stories in "Science Fiction in Colonial India, 1835–1905," created by Indian and British writers, responded to the intellectual ferment and political instabilities of colonial India. They add an important dimension to our understanding of Victorian empire, science fiction and speculative fictional narratives. They provide new examples of the imperial and the anti-imperial imaginations at work.
Categories: Literary Collections

Science Fiction and Psychology

Science Fiction and Psychology

Russ, Joanna. 'Amor Vincit Foeminam: The Battle of the Sexes in Science Fiction
' To Write Like a Woman: Essays in Feminism and Science Fiction. 1980.
Bloomington and Indianapolis, IN: Indiana UP, 1995. 41–59. ——. The Female
Man.

Author: Gavin Miller

Publisher: Liverpool Science Fiction Texts & Studies

ISBN: 9781789620603

Category: Psychology in literature

Page: 304

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The psychologist may appear in science fiction as the herald of utopia or dystopia; literary studies have used psychoanalytic theories to interpret science fiction; and psychology has employed science fiction as an educational medium. Science Fiction and Psychology goes beyond such incidental observations and engagements to offer an in-depth exploration of science fiction literature's varied use of psychological discourses, beginning at the birth of modern psychology in the late nineteenth century and concluding with the ascendance of neuroscience in the late twentieth century. Rather than dwelling on psychoanalytic readings, this literary investigation combines with history of psychology to offer attentive textual readings that explore five key psychological schools: evolutionary psychology, psychoanalysis, behaviourism, existential-humanism, and cognitivism. The varied functions of psychological discourses in science fiction are explored, whether to popularise and prophesy, to imagine utopia or dystopia, to estrange our everyday reality, to comment on science fiction itself, or to abet (or resist) the spread of psychological wisdom. Science Fiction and Psychology also considers how psychology itself has made use of science fiction in order to teach, to secure legitimacy as a discipline, and to comment on the present.
Categories: Psychology in literature

Science Fiction

Science Fiction

thing as the Scientific Revolution " ( 1 ) before proceeding to explain how and
why a perception of a transformation of the ... Fredric Jameson , Archaeologies of
the Future : The Desire Called Utopia and Other Science Fictions ( London :
Verso ...

Author: Sherryl Vint

Publisher: MIT Press Essential Knowledge

ISBN: 9780262539999

Category: Science fiction

Page: 224

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"An overview of how science fiction has grappled with the ways that science and technology shape and change human lives, emphasizing the challenges of the 21st century"--
Categories: Science fiction

Science Fiction

Science Fiction

'Science Fiction' offers a critical account of the phenomenon of science fiction, illustrating the critical terminology and following the contours of its continuing history. The impact of technological advances on the genre is discussed.

Author: Adam Charles Roberts

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 0415366682

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 159

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'Science Fiction' offers a critical account of the phenomenon of science fiction, illustrating the critical terminology and following the contours of its continuing history. The impact of technological advances on the genre is discussed.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Science Fiction

Science Fiction

The book introduces and explicates major works of science fiction literature by placing them in a series of contexts, using the history of science and technology, political and economic history, and cultural theory to develop the means for ...

Author: Roger Luckhurst

Publisher: Polity

ISBN: 9780745628936

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 305

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In this new and timely cultural history of science fiction, Roger Luckhurst examines the genre from its origins in the late nineteenth century to its latest manifestations. The book introduces and explicates major works of science fiction literature by placing them in a series of contexts, using the history of science and technology, political and economic history, and cultural theory to develop the means for understanding the unique qualities of the genre. Luckhurst reads science fiction as a literature of modernity. His astute analysis examines how the genre provides a constantly modulating record of how human embodiment is transformed by scientific and technological change and how the very sense of self is imaginatively recomposed in popular fictions that range from utopian possibility to Gothic terror. This highly readable study charts the overlapping yet distinct histories of British and American science fiction, with commentary on the central authors, magazines, movements and texts from 1880 to the present day. It will be an invaluable guide and resource for all students taking courses on science fiction, technoculture and popular literature, but will equally be fascinating for anyone who has ever enjoyed a science fiction book.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Science Fiction New Space Opera and Neoliberal Globalism

Science Fiction  New Space Opera  and Neoliberal Globalism

Hoagland, Ericka and Reema Sarwal, Science Fiction, Imperialism and the Third
World Essays on Postcolonial Literature and Film (Jefferson, NC: McFarland,
2010). Hobsbawm, Eric, Nations and Nationalism since 1780: Programme, Myth,
 ...

Author: Jerome Winter

Publisher: University of Wales Press

ISBN: 9781783169450

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

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One of the few points critics and readers can agree upon when discussing the fiction popularly known as New Space Opera – a recent subgenre movement of science fiction – is its canny engagement with contemporary cultural politics in the age of globalisation. This book avers that the complex political allegories of New Space Opera respond to the recent cultural phenomenon known as neoliberalism, which entails the championing of the deregulation and privatisation of social services and programmes in the service of global free-market expansion. Providing close readings of the evolving New Space Opera canon and cultural histories and theoretical contexts of neoliberalism as a regnant ideology of our times, this book conceptualises a means to appreciate this thriving movement of popular literature.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Archaeologies of the Future

Archaeologies of the Future

Jameson's essential essays, including "The Desire Called Utopia," conclude with an examination of the opposing positions on utopia and an assessment of its political value today.Archaeologies of the Future is the third volume, after ...

Author: Fredric Jameson

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 1844670333

Category: Philosophy

Page: 431

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In an age of globalization characterized by the dizzying technologies of the First World, and the social disintegration of the Third, is the concept of utopia still meaningful? Archaeologies of the Future, Jameson's most substantial work since Postmodernism, Or, the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism, investigates the development of this form since Thomas More, and interrogates the functions of utopian thinking in a post-Communist age. The relationship between utopia and science fiction is explored through the representations of othernessalien life and alien worldsand a study of the works of Philip K. Dick, Ursula LeGuin, William Gibson, Brian Aldiss, Kim Stanley Robinson and more. Jameson's essential essays, including "The Desire Called Utopia," conclude with an examination of the opposing positions on utopia and an assessment of its political value today.Archaeologies of the Future is the third volume, after Postmodernism and A Singular Modernity, of Jameson's project on the Poetics of Social Forms.
Categories: Philosophy

Plants in Science Fiction

Plants in Science Fiction

Why is it that, even in the realm of science fiction unreality, it is easier to imagine
plants as the agents of arousing desire rather than themselves experiencing and
expressing desire? Why, when plants in botanical fiction are shown to speak, ...

Author: Katherine E. Bishop

Publisher: University of Wales Press

ISBN: 9781786835604

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 272

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Plants have played key roles in science fiction novels, graphic novels and film. John Wyndham’s triffids, Algernon Blackwood’s willows and Han Kang’s sprouting woman are just a few examples. Plants surround us, sustain us, pique our imaginations and inhabit our metaphors – but in many ways they remain opaque. The scope of their alienation is as broad as their biodiversity. And yet, literary reflections of plant-life are driven, as are many threads of science fictional inquiry, by the concerns of today. Plants in Science Fiction is the first-ever collected volume on plants in science fiction, and its original essays argue that plant-life in SF is transforming our attitudes toward morality, politics, economics and cultural life at large – questioning and shifting our understandings of institutions, nations, borders and boundaries; erecting and dismantling new visions of utopian and dystopian futures.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Science Fiction

Science Fiction

An anthology of the work of gay and heterosexual newcomers and veteran writers includes a disturbing view of the world as run by Christian fundamentalists and a nineties lesbian who returns to fifties San Francisco only to feels like an ...

Author: Nicola Griffith

Publisher: Overlook Books

ISBN: UOM:49015002473123

Category: Fiction

Page: 375

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An anthology of the work of gay and heterosexual newcomers and veteran writers includes a disturbing view of the world as run by Christian fundamentalists and a nineties lesbian who returns to fifties San Francisco only to feels like an alien.
Categories: Fiction

Science Fictions

Science Fictions

Jack Griffin and Wilma ' s Uncle Ira represent two kinds of alien or ' other ' in
contemporary science fiction : the alien that cannot be seen , and the alien that
cannot be recognized . In both instances we are threatened by a failure in '
seeing ' .

Author: Orshi Drozdik

Publisher: Center

ISBN: UCSD:31822021270061

Category: Art and science

Page: 47

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Categories: Art and science

Science Fictions

Science Fictions

National Hygiene, Queer Anatomy, and Eugenic Sterilization Nancy Ordover. &
W. *: '' # #. # Abstract Science Fictions: National Hygiene. Queer Anatomy, and
Eugenic Sterilization.

Author: Nancy Ordover

Publisher:

ISBN: UCAL:$C135314

Category: Ethnicity

Page: 648

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Categories: Ethnicity

Dismal Science Fictions

Dismal Science Fictions

Network Effects, Microsoft, and Antitrust Speculation Stan Liebowitz, Stephen
Margolis. 1/25/99 PRINTED IN U.S.A SUSIRIUS October 27 , 1998 324 SI
Routing DISMAL SCIENCE FICTIONS. Johnson Graduate School Management
LIBRARY ...

Author: Stan Liebowitz

Publisher:

ISBN: CORNELL:31924074718572

Category: Antitrust law

Page: 38

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Categories: Antitrust law

Queer Universes

Queer Universes

In addition, this distinguished volume offers interviews with acclaimed science fiction writers and essays from scholars and science fiction giants alike. “Timely, smart, and innovative, this vital collection ensures that our conception ...

Author: Wendy Gay Pearson

Publisher: Liverpool University Press

ISBN: 9781846315015

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 285

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Disputes over the meaning and practice of sexuality have become increasingly central to cultural self-definition. It is hardly surprising, then, that science fiction, the province of new physical and psychological frontiers, has taken up the task of imagining a diverse range of queer and not-so-queer futures. Queer Universes is a landmark investigation into these contemporary and historical representations of gender and sexualities—including Wendy Gay Pearson’s award-winning essay on reading science fiction queerly, as well as essays discussing “sextrapolation” in New Wave science fiction, “stray penetration” in William Gibson’s cyberpunk works, the queering of nature in ecofeminist sci-fi, and the radical challenges posed to conventional science fiction in the work of important writers such as Samuel R. Delaney, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Joanna Russ. In addition, this distinguished volume offers interviews with acclaimed science fiction writers and essays from scholars and science fiction giants alike. “Timely, smart, and innovative, this vital collection ensures that our conception of science fiction is fuller and healthier.”—Science Fiction Studies
Categories: Literary Criticism

Liquid Metal

Liquid Metal

Liquid Metal is the first extended collection of previously published essays on science fiction film and television.

Author: Sean Redmond

Publisher: Wallflower Press

ISBN: 1903364876

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 352

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Liquid Metal is the first extended collection of previously published essays on science fiction film and television. This Reader brings together a great number of 'seminal' essays that have opended up the study of science fiction to serious critical interrogation. This wide-ranging collection includes classic texts on key aspects of science fiction cinema such as representation of the cyborg, the science fiction city, time travel and the primal scene, science fiction fandom and 1950s invasion narratives.
Categories: Performing Arts

Science Fictions

Science Fictions

A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist describes the competition between scientists--including Robert Gallo of the National Cancer Institute--over credit for the discovery of the HIV virus in a study that offers a revealing look at how big ...

Author: John Crewdson

Publisher: Back Bay Books

ISBN: 0316090042

Category: Science

Page: 704

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A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist describes the competition between scientists--including Robert Gallo of the National Cancer Institute--over credit for the discovery of the HIV virus in a study that offers a revealing look at how big scientific and research laboratories really work. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.
Categories: Science

Science Fiction A Very Short Introduction

Science Fiction  A Very Short Introduction

David Seed examines how science fiction has emerged as a popular genre of literature in the 20th century, and discusses it in relation to themes such as science and technology, space, aliens, utopias, and gender.

Author: David Seed

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199557455

Category: Fiction

Page: 147

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David Seed examines how science fiction has emerged as a popular genre of literature in the 20th century, and discusses it in relation to themes such as science and technology, space, aliens, utopias, and gender. Looking at some of the most influential writers of the genre he also considers the wider social and political issues it raises.
Categories: Fiction

Replications

Replications

Replications also considers the tension between the technological wonders that science fiction depicts and the human values it champions.

Author: J. P. Telotte

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 0252064666

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 222

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A haunting fascination fuels our interest in the robot, the android, the cyborg, the replicant. Born in science fiction literature, the artificial human has come into its own in films, lurching to life, holding a mirror to humanity's soul. Beginning with a pre-history of the filmic robot, J. P. Telotte traces its development through early sci-fi landmarks such as Metropolis (1926), the alien films of the 1950s (including Forbidden Planet), and recent explorations of the artificial human in Blade Runner, Robocop, and the Terminator films. Replications also considers the tension between the technological wonders that science fiction depicts and the human values it champions. Film-makers employ the latest developments in technology to fashion ever more realistic human doubles, and then use them to explore what it means to be human. Telotte shows us how the sci-fi genre has always addressed changing cultural attitudes toward technology, the body, gender roles, human intelligence, reality, and even film itself.
Categories: Performing Arts

Science Fiction

Science Fiction

While so - called mainstream fiction is set in its own here - and - now , science
fiction is removed into the there - and - then , the distant land or planet or galaxy ,
the future or past or sidewhen . Because such removal inevitably affords contrast
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Author: Eric S. Rabkin

Publisher: Oxford [Oxfordshire] ; New York : Oxford University Press

ISBN: UOM:39015012934496

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 529

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Science fiction stories dealing with the effects of technology on civilization include authors ranging from Jonathan Swift and Nathaniel Hawthorne to Isaac Asimov and Harlan Ellison
Categories: Literary Criticism

Science fiction Studies

Science fiction Studies

Critical Theory and Science Fiction . Middletown , CT : Wesleyan UP , 2000 .
Gibson , William . “ The Gernsback Continuum . ” 1981 . Mirrorshades . The
Cyberpunk Anthology . Ed . Bruce Sterling . London : HarperCollins , 1994 . 1 -
11 .

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: UCSC:32106019361515

Category: Science fiction

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Categories: Science fiction