The Science of Fiction and the Fiction of Science (häftad)
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The Science of Fiction and the Fiction of Science (häftad)

The Science of Fiction and the Fiction of Science

Collected Essays on SF Storytelling and the Gnostic Imagination

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As a member of the Pulitzer Prize jury, the late Frank McConnell helped science fiction gain standing as serious literature, evolving his presentation of the field over the course of his career. The 16 essays reveal that evolution as presented in papers at the prestigious Eaton Conferences. 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. A foreword by award-winning fantasy author Neil Gaiman and tributes by noted writers such as Gregory Benford, Harold Bloom, Howard V. Hendrix, and George Slusser are also included.
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Frank McConnell (1942-1999) was a professor of English at Northwestern University and the University of California - Santa Barbara. He wrote a regular column on the media for Commonweal magazine, and his voluminous body of work included four detective novels and a number of academic books. Gary Westfahl teaches at the University of California, Riverside. A prolific writer and Hugo Award - nominated editor, he earned the Science Fiction Research Association's Pilgrim Award for his lifetime contributions to science fiction and fantasy scholarship. He is the author of Hugo Gernsback and the Century of Science Fiction (2007). He lives in Claremont, California. Donald E. Palumbo is a professor of English at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. He lives in Greenville. C.W. Sullivan III is also in the English department at East Carolina University.


Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vii

Foreword by Neil Gaiman      1

Introduction by Gary Westfahl      5

I. Frank McConnell B.C.E. (Before Coming to Eaton)      9

1. Born in Fire: The Ontology of the Monster      11

2. Song of Innocence: The Creature from the Black Lagoon      18

3. H.G. Wells: Utopia and Doomsday      29

4. Realist of the Fantastic: H.G. Wells about/in/on the Movies      37

II. Slouching Toward Bedlam: The Early Eaton Essays      47

5. Sturgeon’s Law: First Corollary      48

6. Boring Dates: Reflections on the Apocalypse Game      57

7. Frames in Search of a Genre      63

8. From Astarte to Barbie and Beyond: The Serious History of Dolls      74

9. The Playing Fields of Eden      82

10. It’s Only a Paper Moon: Fantasy and the Professors      91

11. "Turn That Shit Down!" Or, How to Market an Underground      102

III. Gnostic Lunch: The Later Eaton Essays      111

12. Alimentary, My Dear Watson: Food and Eating in Scientific and Mystery Fiction      112

13. You Bet Your Life: Death and the Storyteller      124

14. Seven Types of Chopped Liver: My Adventures in the Genre Wars      132

15. The Missionary Physician, from Asclepius to Kervorkian      146

16. The Science of Fiction and the Fiction of Science: A Storytelling Animal in an Inhospitable World      155

Epilogue: Memories of Frank      164

Paul Alkon      164

Gregory Benford      166

Harold Bloom      167

Sheila Finch      167

Carl Freedman      168

Howard V. Hendrix      169

Bruce Kawin      172

Joseph D. Miller      173

Eric S. Rabkin      175

Mark Rose      177

George Slusser      178

Chapter Notes      181

A Bibliography of the Works of Frank McConnell      187

A Bibliog...