Edging Into the Future

Science Fiction and Contemporary Cultural Transformation

Author: Veronica Hollinger,Joan Gordon

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 9780812218046

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 278

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Edging into the Future explores contemporary science fiction literature and media as imaginative expressions of an already science-fictional present and as literal descriptions of postmodern culture. Thirteen noted scholars and writers, including Brian Attebery, Gwyneth Jones, and Gary K. Wolfe, provide an overview of the state of contemporary science fiction and emphasize the diversity of ways in which science fiction as a narrative mode and as a social discourse comments upon contemporary cultural, political, and technological transformations. As the essays in Edging into the Future demonstrate, science fiction is both symptomatic of cultural disruption and change and an expression of our desire to give shape and meaning to that change. These essays examine a variety of science fiction forms, from literature to rock 'n' roll, and from film to anime and hypermedia, exploring such topics as generic transformation, the relationship of the body to technology, gender and sexuality, the construction of both individual and communal subjects, and the contemporary sense of an ending. They point to the intriguing directions in which science fiction continues to develop, while demonstrating that the challenge for the genre today is less to extrapolate a distant future than to keep up with a permanently mutable present in which genres, subjects, bodies, communities, and futures are all in flux. The essays in this collection, representing a multiplicity of perspectives, are bound together by their common focus on science fiction literature and media as forms of cultural expression uniquely suited to address the pressures and promises of contemporary culture.

Evaporating Genres

Essays on Fantastic Literature

Author: Gary K. Wolfe

Publisher: Wesleyan University Press

ISBN: 0819571040

Category: Fiction

Page: 280

View: 863

In this wide-ranging series of essays, an award-winning science fiction critic explores how the related genres of science fiction, fantasy, and horror evolve, merge, and finally “evaporate” into new and more dynamic forms. Beginning with a discussion of how literary readers “unlearned” how to read the fantastic during the heyday of realistic fiction, Gary K. Wolfe goes on to show how the fantastic reasserted itself in popular genre literature, and how these genres themselves grew increasingly unstable in terms of both narrative form and the worlds they portray. More detailed discussions of how specific contemporary writers have promoted this evolution are followed by a final essay examining how the competing discourses have led toward an emerging synthesis of critical approaches and vocabularies. The essays cover a vast range of authors and texts, and include substantial discussions of very current fiction published within the last few years.


A Pocket Anthology

Author: R. S. Gwynn

Publisher: Longman Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780321087621

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 436

View: 7557

An alternative to lengthy fiction anthologies, this brief, inexpensive, and diverse collection of 40 short stories provides a concise yet complete introduction to the study of fiction.

Short Short Stories

Author: Dave Eggers

Publisher: N.A


Category: Short stories

Page: 54

View: 9674

Dave Eggers has been partly responsible for a rejuvenation of short fiction in the USA, and these short short stories are as original and witty as any of his longer works.

The Short Story of Art

A Pocket Guide to Key Movements, Works, Themes & Techniques

Author: N.A

Publisher: Laurence King Publishing

ISBN: 9781780679686

Category: Art

Page: 224

View: 2717

The Short Story of Art is a new and innovative introduction to the subject of art. Simply constructed, the book explores 50 key works, from the wall paintings of Lascaux to contemporary installations, and then links these to sections on art movements, themes, and techniques. The design of the book allows the student or art enthusiast to easily navigate their way around key periods, artists and styles. Accessible and concise, it simplifies and explains the most important and influential concepts in art, and shows how they are linked. The book explains how, why, and when art changed, who introduced certain things, what they were, where they were produced, and whether they matter. It demystifies artistic jargon, giving readers a thorough understanding and broad enjoyment of art.


Author: Stephen Chbosky

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1476727902

Category: Fiction

Page: 176

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MTV has discovered the authors of tomorrow. Read them today in Pieces. This unique short-story collection is more than a good read -- it's an exciting glimpse into the future of fiction. The winners of MTV's "Write Stuff" competition share their voices and visions in tales that are endearingly raw, undeniably bold, and engagingly inventive. In Next Time, a housewife encounters a gunman -- an experience that changes her life, and her mind, in surprising ways...Pinball is an edgy tale of a young mail clerk's hidden sex life...After her broken engagement, a cook in New York goes to work for a chic SoHo couple in Roam...Mother captures the tragedy of a woman's illness, as witnessed through her daughter's eyes...In Day of the Dead, a humorously doomed relationship begins when a twentysomething's boyfriend returns from an Outward Bound trip and moves in with her...Two old high school friends reunite -- and compare their very different lives -- in Black Cowboy. Along with other stories and an introduction by Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower), Pieces is filled with the excitement of discovery -- as a host of newcomers present their works to a wide and eager audience.

The Oxford Book of American Short Stories

Author: Joyce Carol Oates

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780195092622

Category: Fiction

Page: 768

View: 4485

Presents a collection of fifty-six familiar and unfamiliar stories by such writers as Washington Irving, Ernest Hemingway, Edgar Allan Poe, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Henry James, and Kate Chopin.

Short stories of all times

Author: Delex Cargo Group

Publisher: Diamond Pocket Books Pvt Ltd


Category: Fiction

Page: 48

View: 1119

Short Stories for All Times offers companionship when you are in mood for some romance, adventure, thrill or even a slice of life. Rahul loves Simran, Super Max carves out a witch's heart, Mohan kills a fairy, Ashim enters a haunted palace of gold, stranger enters home at midnight, Shashank returns home lost and found, Playful boy & Crazy girl dare each other, an unsung hero unfailingly goes to work, Altamash gets a surprise at cricket match and Praful smiles through a journey in train. These stories are written by first time writers who have overcome their shyness to share a page from their life and imagination. Unique and raw, every story is told with utmost sincerity and innocence which is to be found in only the first book of any writer. Delex believes every individual, whether young or old, has a story to tell. And a good story is always remembered.