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Brainwashing

| Filed under: Literature & Literary Criticism, Science Fiction and Fantasy
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This study reviews 1950s science fiction, Korean War fiction, and the film The Manchurian Candidate. Seed provides new interpret-ations of writers such as Orwell and Burroughs within the history of psychological manipulation for political purposes, using declassified and other documents to contextualize the material. He explores the shifting viewpoints of how brainwashing is represented, changing from an external threat to American values to an internal threat against individual American liberties by the U.S. government.

 


The Alternate History

| Filed under: Science Fiction and Fantasy
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The Alternate History: Refiguring Historical Time examines alternate history science fiction using the eschatological, genetic, entropic, and teleological historical models. Hellekson’s original approach explains much of the appeal of alternate history and distinguishes among the many varieties of the genre. In her measured consideration of a range of writers, Hellekson displays a deep and broad knowledge of the major works in this genre—those by famous or neglected writers alike.

 


Interrupted Music

| Filed under: Literature & Literary Criticism, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Tolkien, Lewis, and Inkling Studies
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In Interrupted Music Flieger attempts to illuminate the structure of Tolkien’s work, allowing the reader to appreciate its broad, overarching design and its careful, painstaking construction. She endeavors to “follow the music from its beginning as an idea in Tolkien’s mind through to his final but never-implemented mechanism for realizing that idea, for bringing the voices of his story to the reading public.” In addition, Flieger reviews attempts at mythmaking in the history of English literature by Spenser, Milton, and Blake as well as by Joyce and Yeats. She reflects on the important differences between Tolkien and his predecessors and even more between Tolkien and his contemporaries.

 


Splintered Light

| Filed under: Literature & Literary Criticism, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Tolkien, Lewis, and Inkling Studies
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Verlyn Flieger’s expanded and updated edition of Splintered Light, a classic study of Tolkien’s fiction first published in 1983, examines The Silmarillion and The Lord of the Rings in light of Owen Barfield’s linguistic theory of the fragmentation of meaning. Flieger demonstrates Tolkien’s use of Barfield’s concept throughout his fiction, showing how his central image of primary light splintered and refracted acts as a metaphor for the languages, peoples, and history of Middle-earth.

 


A Question of Time

| Filed under: Literature & Literary Criticism, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Tolkien, Lewis, and Inkling Studies
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Tolkien’s concern with time—past and present, real and “faerie”—captures the wonder and peril of travel into other worlds, other times, other modes of consciousness. Reading his work, we “fall wide asleep” into a dream more real than ordinary waking experience, and emerge with a new perception of the waking world. Flieger explores Tolkien’s use of dream as time-travel in his unfinished stories The Lost Road and The Notion Club Papers as well as in The Lord of the Rings and his shorter fiction and poetry.

 


Science-Fiction

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Complementing Science-Fiction: The Early Years, which surveys science-fiction published in book form from its beginnings through 1930, the present volume covers all the science-fiction printed in the genre magazines—Amazing, Astounding, and Wonder, along with offshoots and minor magazines—from 1926 through 1936. This is the first time this historically important literary phenomenon, which stands behind the enormous modern development of science-fiction, has been studied thoroughly and accurately.

 


Science-Fiction

| Filed under: Science Fiction and Fantasy
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Author

AuthorEverett F. Bleiler, an authority on early science-fiction, is the author of Science-Fiction: The Gernsback Years (Kent State University Press, 1998) and The Guide to Supernatural Fiction (Kent State University Press, 1983) and editor of Science Fiction Writers and Supernatural Fiction Writers. He has been awarded the World Fantasy Award and the World Science Fiction […]

 


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