Science Fiction and Futurism (häftad)
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McFarland & Co Inc
Palumbo, Donald E. (red.)/Iii, C. W. Sullivan (red.)
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Science Fiction and Futurism (häftad)

Science Fiction and Futurism

Their Terms and Ideas

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Science and science fiction have become inseparable-with common stories, interconnected thought experiments, and shared language. This reference book lays out that relationship and its all-but-magical terms and ideas. Those who think seriously about the future are changing the world, reshaping how we speak and how we think. This book fully covers the terms that collected, clarified and crystallized the futurists' ideas, sometimes showing them off, sometimes slowing them down, and sometimes propelling them to fame and making them the common currency of our culture. The many entries in this encyclopedic work offer a guided tour of the vast territories occupied by science fiction and futurism. In his Foreword, David Brin says, "Provocative and enticing? Filled with `huh!' moments and leads to great stories? That describes this volume."
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Pilkington's book shines both by being readable and being comprehensive. It is a must-have for all scholars and students of the field." - Matthew Wilhelm Kapell, author of Star Trek as Myth: Essays on Symbol and Archetype at the Final Frontier.

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Ace G. Pilkington has published more than 100 articles, reviews, short stories and poems. He holds a D.Phil. from Oxford University, is a member of the SFWA, and is the author of Screening Shakespeare and coeditor of The Fantastic Made Visible. A professor of English and history at Dixie State University, he lives in St. George, Utah.


Acknowledgments xi Foreword by David Brin 1 Key and Abbreviations 3 Preface 5 Introduction 11 Part One: The Terms of Science and Its Fictions Alter Ego 21 Anachronism 24 Artificial Intelligence 27 Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics 29 Atomics 34 Bad Code 41 BEM (Bug-Eyed Monster) 42 Big Dumb Objects 43 Bobble 45 Chronotransference 45 Clarke's Laws 46 Corpsicle 47 Cosmogony of the Future 48 Cryonics 51 Cyberspace 55 Death Ray 58 Deep Blue 60 Doomsday Machine 66 Fermis 71 First Contact 74 Frankenstein Complex 77 Gas Giant 80 Goldilocks Planet 81 "He's dead, Jim." 81 Internet of Things 82 Ion Drive 83 Juno Spacecraft 86 Kludge 89 MacGyver 91 Metalaw 92 Multiplex Parenting 97 Mutant 99 Nanotechnology 105 Neural Lace 108 Pellegrino, Powell and Asimov's Three Laws of Alien Behavior 111 Positronic Brain 113 Railgun 114 Realtime 118 Robot 119 Robotics 123 SETI 123 Solar Sail 126 Solo Parenting 130 Stepford Wives 131 Teleportation 132 Time Bunny 136 Time Machine 137 Timequake 139 Timeskip 140 Timeslip 140 Uncanny Valley 142 Uplift 145 Uterine Replicator 149 Utility Fog 151 Wolfling 152 Part Two: Genre Terms Alternate (or Alternative) History 155 Archetype 156 Cassandras 157 Fantasy 160 Faust 161 Fictions of Nuclear Disaster 166 Fixup 170 Hard SF 170 Lost Colony 171 Lost World Story 172 Monomyth 173 Proto-Science Fiction 178 Rim World 178 Ruritania 179 Science Fantasy 180 Science Fiction 181 Scientific Romance 182 Sci-Fi 184 Separable Soul 185 Speculative Fiction 185 Speculative History 188 Speculative Nonfiction 189 Technothriller 190 Works Cited 193 Index 213