Science Fiction and the Prediction of the Future

Science Fiction and the Prediction of the Future

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Science fiction has always challenged readers with depictions of the future. Can the genre actually provide glimpses of the world of tomorrow? This collection of fifteen international and interdisciplinary essays examines the genre's predictions and breaks new ground by considering the prophetic functions of science fiction films as well as SF literature. Among the texts and topics examined are classic stories by Murray Leinster, C.L. Moore, and Cordwainer Smith; 2001: A Space Odyssey and its sequels, Japanese anime and Hong Kong cinema; and electronic fiction. Gary Westfahl teaches at the University of California, Riverside. A prolific writer and editor, he earned the Science Fiction Research Association's Pilgrim Award for his lifetime contributions to science fiction and fantasy scholarship. Wong Kin Yuen is the chair of the English department at Hong Kong Shue Yen University and has published broadly on science fiction. Amy Kit-Sze Chan teaches English at Hong Shue Yen University and has published numerous articles on women's issues and cultural studies.In 1954, anthropologist Kalervo Oberg introduced the term a€œculture shocka€ to describe the severe discomfort felt by people who move into a culture very unlike the one they were raised in. By the 1970s, futurist Alvin Toffler was provocatively anbsp;...

Title:Science Fiction and the Prediction of the Future
Author:Gary Westfahl,, Wong Kin Yuen, Amy Kit-sze Chan, Donald E. Palumbo
Publisher:McFarland - 2011-02-08


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