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2. Alien encounters

2. Alien encounters  

David Seed

in Science Fiction: A Very Short Introduction

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Jun 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191777394
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10.1093/actrade/9780199557455.003.0003
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Through the theme of alien encounters science fiction has interrogated the limits of identity and the nature of differences. From H.G. Wells to Star Trek, ‘Alien encounters’ examines the ... More
5. Fictions of time

5. Fictions of time  

David Seed

in Science Fiction: A Very Short Introduction

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Jun 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191777394
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10.1093/actrade/9780199557455.003.0006
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Science fiction is closely associated with the future and how the past and present are seen to change. ‘Fictions of time’ examines not only fiction and film that reach into the future but ... More
6. The field of science fiction

6. The field of science fiction  

David Seed

in Science Fiction: A Very Short Introduction

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Jun 2011
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Sep 2013
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Science fiction has defied definition as it constantly reinvents itself and progressively redefines itself in the literary market place. The urge to apply a simple classification of science ... More
Introduction

Introduction  

David Seed

in Science Fiction: A Very Short Introduction

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Jun 2011
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Science fiction has proved notoriously difficult to define. It has variously been explained as a combination of romance, science, and prophecy (Hugo Gernsback), ‘realistic speculation about ... More
3. Science fiction and technology

3. Science fiction and technology  

David Seed

in Science Fiction: A Very Short Introduction

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Jun 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191777394
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10.1093/actrade/9780199557455.003.0004
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Science fiction is popularly associated with the evolution of technology. A recurrent theme has been humanity's relationship with its own constructions and inventions. Whilst at times this ... More
4. Utopias and dystopias

4. Utopias and dystopias  

David Seed

in Science Fiction: A Very Short Introduction

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Jun 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191777394
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10.1093/actrade/9780199557455.003.0005
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Science fiction has taken the earlier idea of Utopia and embraced it in many different forms. ‘Utopias and dystopias’ elaborates these different strands and in particular traces the way ... More
1. Voyages into space

1. Voyages into space  

David Seed

in Science Fiction: A Very Short Introduction

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Jun 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191777394
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10.1093/actrade/9780199557455.003.0002
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One of the main elements associated with science fiction is the space ship. ‘Voyages into space explores’ this theme and the plot line of the journey into space. There is a continuity ... More

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