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Science Fiction After 1900:  From the Steam Man to the Stars

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Science Fiction After 1900: From the Steam Man to the Stars

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Author: Brooks Landon
Publisher: Routledge, 2002
Twayne Publishers, 1997
Series: Studies in Literary Themes and Genres: Book 12
Book Type: Non-Fiction
Genre: Science-Fiction
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Definitions of science fiction abound. Landon concentrates on the notions that sf is the literature of change and that its readers have as much as its writers to do with its definition as either a literature or a genre or a point of view or a facet of popular culture. So approached, the task of encompassing twentieth-century sf in one volume is titanic, but Landon heroically rises to it. He traces the mainstream of sf and also its more recondite subgenres in concentrated but lucid prose, using analyses of selected works to keep the threads of an appallingly complex development from disappearing in a mire of names and titles, which more helpfully appear in a bibliographic essay and an annotated list of recommended reading. A worthwhile, not to say indispensable, addition to the study of science fiction.


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