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Description - Science Fiction by Roger Luckhurst

In this new and timely cultural history of science fiction, Roger Luckhurst examines the genre from its origins in the late nineteenth century to its latest manifestations. The book introduces and explicates major works of science fiction literature by placing them in a series of contexts, using the history of science and technology, political and economic history, and cultural theory to develop the means for understanding the unique qualities of the genre. Luckhurst reads science fiction as a literature of modernity. His astute analysis examines how the genre provides a constantly modulating record of how human embodiment is transformed by scientific and technological change and how the very sense of self is imaginatively recomposed in popular fictions that range from utopian possibility to Gothic terror. This highly readable study charts the overlapping yet distinct histories of British and American science fiction, with commentary on the central authors, magazines, movements and texts from 1880 to the present day. It will be an invaluable guide and resource for all students taking courses on science fiction, technoculture and popular literature, but will equally be fascinating for anyone who has ever enjoyed a science fiction book.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780745628936
ISBN-10: 0745628931
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 166mm x 17mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Polity Press
Publisher: Polity Press
Publish Date: 16-Mar-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Roger Luckhurst

Roger Luckhurst, Senior Lecturer at Birkbeck College University of London

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