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Reading by Starlight : Postmodern Science Fiction - Damien Broderick

Reading by Starlight

Postmodern Science Fiction

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Published: 1st December 1994
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Including studies of leading science fiction and cyberpunk texts, Damier Broderick considers the characteristic writing, marketing and reception of sci-fi which distinguish it as a genre.Reading by Starlight explores the characteristics in the writing, marketing and reception of science fiction which distinguish it as a genre.Damier Broderick explores the postmodern self-referentiality of the sci-fi narrative, its intricate coded language and discursive 'encyclopaedia'. He shows how, for perfect understanding, sci-fi readers must learn the codes of these imaginary worlds and vocabularies, all the time picking up references to texts by other writers.Reading by Starlight includes close readings of paradigmatic cyberpunk texts and writings by SF novelists and theorists including Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Brian Aldiss, Patrick Parrinder, Kim Stanley Robinson, John Varley, Roger Zelazny, William Gibson, Fredric Jameson and Samuel R. Delaney.

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Modern science fiction
New World, New Textsp. 3
Generic Engineeringp. 21
Genre Or Mode?p. 38
The Uses of Othernessp. 49
Reading the Epistemep. 64
Dreams of Reason and Unreasonp. 75
The Stars My Dissertationp. 89
Postmodern science fiction
Making Up Worldsp. 103
Allography and Allegoryp. 117
SF as a Modular Calculusp. 128
The Multiplicity of Worlds, of Othersp. 137
The Autumnal Cityp. 153
Notesp. 159
Bibliographyp. 180
Indexp. 193
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ISBN: 9780415097895
ISBN-10: 0415097894
Series: Popular Fictions Series
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 1st December 1994
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.25
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1