In this new book, Noga Applebaum surveys science fiction novels published for children and young adults from 1980 to the present, exposing the anti-technological bias existing within a genre often associated with the celebration of technology. Applebaum argues that perceptions of technology as a corrupting force, particularly in relation to its use by young people, are a manifestation of the enduring allure of the myth of childhood innocence and result in young-adult fiction that endorses a technophobic agenda. This agenda is a form of resistance to the changing face of childhood and technology’s contribution to this change. Further, Applebaum contends that technophobic literature disempowers its young readers by implying that the technologies of the future are inherently dangerous, while it neglects to acknowledge children’s complex, yet pleasurable, interactions with technology today. The study looks at works by well-known authors including M.T. Anderson, Monica Hughes, Lois Lowry, Garth Nix, and Philip Reeve, and explores topics such as ecology, cloning, the impact of technology on narrative structure, and the adult-child hierarchy. While focusing on the popular genre of science fiction as a useful case study, Applebaum demonstrates that negative attitudes toward technology exist within children’s literature in general, making the book of considerable interest to scholars of both science fiction and children’s literature.
Author: Jeff Prucher
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Release Date: 2007-05-07
Winner of a 2008 Hugo Award, this new paperback takes readers on spectacular tour of the language created by science fiction. From "Stargate" to "Force Field," this dictionary opens a fascinating window into an entire genre, through the words invented by science fiction's most talented writers, critics, and fans. Each entry includes numerous citations of the word's usage, from the earliest known appearance forward. Drawn not only from science fiction novels and stories, citations also come from fanzines, screenplays, comics, songs, and the Internet.
Author: Maura Heaphy
Publisher: Libraries Unltd Incorporated
Release Date: 2009
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
Start here, when doing author research on the science fiction genre--you'll find directions on how to research the genre, lists of standard print and online resources, and a wealth of quality websites and blogs for 100 popular authors.
Author: David Ketterer
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Literary Criticism
H. G. Wells's first and fourth novels, The Time Machine and The War of the Worlds, have together largely created the science fiction genre. The centennial of the initial publication of The War of the Worlds was the focus of the 19th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, and this volume includes selected essays from that conference. The first section of the book offers fresh interpretations of The War of the Worlds, while the second looks at Wells's other contributions and his shaping influence on science fiction and fantasy. The third includes papers on the art of noted science fiction writer Peter Straub, while the fourth explores a diverse range of topics related to the fantastic.