Science fiction literature and films have contributed indelible images to the popular imagination, from H. G. Wells's War of the Worlds to Ray Bradbury's Martian Chronicles to the fiction of "cyberpunks". In addition to enthralling readers with breathtaking narratives and dazzling the imagination with mind-bending glimpses of possible futures, the best science fiction asks essential questions: What does it mean to be human? Are we alone in the universe, and what does it mean if we're not? Esteemed professor Michael D. C. Drout traces the history of science fiction in this series of stimulating lectures. From Mary Shelley's Frankenstein to today's cutting- edge authors, Drout offers a compelling analysis of the genre, including a look at hard-boiled science fiction, the golden age of science fiction, New Wave writers, and contemporary trends in the field.More
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Excellent but a little US centred
One of the best no lecture based books Drout is clear and to the point
This account of a history of science fiction was excellent covers the main writers but falls short for the more recent works.Much emphasis on modern US writers, but does not really look at British writers, Arthur C Clarke for example, while mentioned does not get the credit I feel he should, maybe I am biased but equally no mention of writers such as Alistair Reynolds, or Iain M Bank. Any selection will show a preference as does my idea that they should be included but a pity as otherwise an excellent history.
Excellent Until Halfway