A Companion to Science Fiction

A Companion to Science Fiction

Editor(s): David Seed

Published Online: 26 NOV 2007

Print ISBN: 9781405112185

Online ISBN: 9780470997055

DOI: 10.1002/9780470997055

About this Book

A Companion to Science Fiction assembles essays by an international range of scholars which discuss the contexts, themes and methods used by science fiction writers.


  • This Companion conveys the scale and variety of science fiction.
  • Shows how science fiction has been used as a means of debating cultural issues.
  • Essays by an international range of scholars discuss the contexts, themes and methods used by science fiction writers.
  • Addresses general topics, such as the history and origins of the genre, its engagement with science and gender, and national variations of science fiction around the English-speaking world.
  • Maps out connections between science fiction, television, the cinema, virtual reality technology, and other aspects of the culture.
  • Includes a section focusing on major figures, such as H.G. Wells, Arthur C. Clarke, and Ursula Le Guin.
  • Offers close readings of particular novels, from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein to Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale.

Table of contents

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  1. Part I: Surveying the Field

  2. Part II: Topics and Debates

  3. Part III: Genres and Movements

  4. Part IV: Science Fiction Film

  5. Part V: The International Scene

  6. Part VI: Key Writers

  7. Part VII: Readings

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