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A Door Into Ocean

By Joan Slonczewski
  • ISBN Code: : 1429963654
  • Publisher : Orb Books
  • Pages : 416
  • Category : Fiction
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A Door into Ocean is the novel upon which the author's reputation as an important SF writer principally rests. A ground-breaking work both of feminist SF and of world-building hard SF, it concerns the Sharers of Shora, a nation of women on a distant moon in the far future who are pacifists, highly advanced in biological sciences, and who reproduce by parthenogenesis--there are no males--and tells of the conflicts that erupt when a neighboring civilization decides to develop their ocean world, and send in an army. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

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  • Publisher : iUniverse
  • Book Code : 1663226091
  • Total of Pages : 190
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 773
  • Pdf File: the-invasion-of-peasant-earth.pdf

Book Short Summary:

In 3683AD, fifteen centuries after a Nuclear War, the people of planet Earth are much like human beings have always been. Except that they have a permanently peaceful, non-violent, racially diverse, world-wide society in which everyone (as well as their companion animals) has enough to eat, a roof over their heads, comfortable clothing, and interesting, useful work to do. All without a coercive government. When monsters from Outer Space invade, can the Earthers’ happy, fulfilling, semi-anarkhist culture survive the inherent Racism, Misogyny, and Love of Violence of the Invaders, who are all too human themselves? Will the Invaders be able to impose their militaristic government upon the free people of Earth? Or will nuclear-hell destroy humanity’s natal planet and all its citizens? Readers of Joan Slonczewski’s excellent novel, A Door Into Ocean, will enjoy this book.

Strange Divisions and Alien Territories

By Keith Brooke
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  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Book Code : 0230360270
  • Total of Pages : 240
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 184
  • Pdf File: strange-divisions-and-alien-territories.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Strange Divisions and Alien Territories explores the sub-genres of science fiction from the perspectives of a range of top SF authors. Combining a critical viewpoint with the exploration of the challenges and opportunities facing authors working in the field, contributors include Michael Swanwick, Catherine Asaro and Paul di Filippo.

Sense of Wonder

By Leigh Grossman
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  • Publisher : Wildside Press LLC
  • Book Code : 1434440354
  • Total of Pages : 152
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 470
  • Pdf File: sense-of-wonder.pdf

Book Short Summary:

A survey of the last 100 years of science fiction, with representative stories and illuminating essays by the top writers, poets, and scholars, from Edgar Rice Burroughs and Samuel Butler to Robert A. Heinlein and and Jack Vance, from E.E. "Doc" Smith and Clifford D. Simak to Ted Chiang and Charles Stross-- and everyone in between. More than one million words of classic fiction and essays!

Historical Dictionary of Utopianism

By Toby Widdicombe,James M. Morris,Andrea Kross
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Book Code : 153810217X
  • Total of Pages : 612
  • Category : Political Science
  • Members : 212
  • Pdf File: historical-dictionary-of-utopianism.pdf

Book Short Summary:

This second edition of Historical Dictionary of Utopianism contains a chronology, an introduction, appendixes, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 1000 cross-referenced entries on broad conceptual entries; narrower entries about specific works; and narrower entries about specific intentional communities or movements.

Disputing the Deluge

By Darko Suvin
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  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Book Code : 1501384783
  • Total of Pages : 376
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 439
  • Pdf File: disputing-the-deluge.pdf

Book Short Summary:

For over 50 years, Darko Suvin has set the agenda for science fiction studies through his innovative linking of scifi to utopian studies, formalist and leftist critical theory, and his broader engagement with what he terms "political epistemology." Disputing the Deluge joins a rapidly growing renewal of critical interest in Suvin's work on scifi and utopianism by bringing together in a single volume 24 of Suvin's most significant interventions in the field from the 21st century, with an Introduction by editor Hugh O'Connell and a new preface by the author. Beginning with writings from the early 2000s that investigate the function of literary genres and reconsider the relationship between science fiction and fantasy, the essays collected here--each a brilliant example of engaged thought--highlight the value of scifi for grappling with the key events and transformations of recent years. Suvin's interrogations show how speculative fiction has responded to 9/11, the global war on terror, the 2008 economic collapse, and the rise of conservative populism, along with contemporary critical utopian analyses of the Capitalocene, the climate crisis, COVID-19, and the decline of democracy. By bringing together Suvin's essays all in one place, this collection allows new generations of students and scholars to engage directly with his work and its continuing importance and timeliness.

The Oxford Handbook of Ecocriticism

By Greg Garrard
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  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Book Code : 0199908192
  • Total of Pages : 600
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 521
  • Pdf File: the-oxford-handbook-of-ecocriticism.pdf

Book Short Summary:

The Oxford Handbook of Ecocriticism provides a broad survey of the longstanding relationship between literature and the environment. The moment for such an offering is opportune in many respects: multiple environmental crises are increasingly inescapable at both transnational and local levels; the role of the humanities in addition to technology and politics is increasingly recognized as central for exploring and finding solutions; and the subject of ecocriticism has reached a kind of critical mass, both within its Anglo-American heartlands and beyond. From its origins in the study of American Nature Writing and British Romanticism, ecocriticism has developed along numerous theoretical, historical, cultural and geographical axes, the most contemporary and exciting of which will be represented in the Handbook. The contributors include eminent founders of the field, including Michael Branch and Richard Kerridge, a number of key 'second-wave' ecocritics, and the best up-and-coming scholars. Topics covered include: Renaissance anxieties about nature; the challenges of representing climate change; the racialization of the environment in the early 20th century; language and the concept of biosemiotics; and the possibilities for environmental humour.

Fictions at Work

By Mary M. Talbot
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1317896564
  • Total of Pages : 248
  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Members : 708
  • Pdf File: fictions-at-work.pdf

Book Short Summary:

In this book, Mary Talbot shows how fiction works in the constitution and reproduction of social life. She discusses both `high' and `low' fiction, combining discussion of social context with language analysis. Examples are taken from children's tales, romance, horror and science in her language analysis.

Religion and American Cultures: Tradition, Diversity, and Popular Expression, 2nd Edition [4 volumes]

By Gary Laderman,Luis León
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  • Publisher : ABC-CLIO
  • Book Code : 1610691105
  • Total of Pages : 1766
  • Category : History
  • Members : 542
  • Pdf File: religion-and-american-cultures.pdf

Book Short Summary:

This four-volume work provides a detailed, multicultural survey of established as well as "new" American religions and investigates the fascinating interactions between religion and ethnicity, gender, politics, regionalism, ethics, and popular culture. • Comprises contributions from more than 100 top scholars covering a breadth of topics such as Día de los Muertos, Heathenry, Islam, Pentecostalism, roadside shrines, Sufism, Wicca, and Zen from a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives • Provides thought-provoking insights into religion's interactions with cultural backdrops throughout America, including in education, entertainment, the Internet, the environment, politics, and at home • Contains photographs and illustrations depicting a wide range of religious figures and activities as well as significant religious sites in the United States • Supplies an entire volume of primary source documents illustrating the religious diversity in American culture, including Cecil B. DeMille's essay "The Screen as Religious Teacher" as well as more conventional materials on Christian Science, the New Age, and Buddhism

Wild Blue Media

By Melody Jue
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  • Publisher : Duke University Press
  • Book Code : 1478007540
  • Total of Pages : 240
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 393
  • Pdf File: wild-blue-media.pdf

Book Short Summary:

In Wild Blue Media, Melody Jue destabilizes terrestrial-based ways of knowing and reorients our perception of the world by considering the ocean itself as a media environment—a place where the weight and opacity of seawater transforms how information is created, stored, transmitted, and perceived. By recentering media theory on and under the sea, Jue calls attention to the differences between perceptual environments and how we think within and through them as embodied observers. In doing so, she provides media studies with alternatives to familiar theoretical frameworks, thereby challenging scholars to navigate unfamiliar oceanic conditions of orientation, materiality, and saturation. Jue not only examines media about the ocean—science fiction narratives, documentary films, ocean data visualizations, animal communication methods, and underwater art—but reexamines media through the ocean, submerging media theory underwater to estrange it from terrestrial habits of perception while reframing our understanding of mediation, objectivity, and metaphor.

Science Fiction and the Prediction of the Future

By Gary Westfahl,,Wong Kin Yuen
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  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Book Code : 0786484764
  • Total of Pages : 271
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 581
  • Pdf File: science-fiction-and-the-prediction-of-the-future.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Science fiction has always challenged readers with depictions of the future. Can the genre actually provide glimpses of the world of tomorrow? This collection of fifteen international and interdisciplinary essays examines the genre’s predictions and breaks new ground by considering the prophetic functions of science fiction films as well as SF literature. Among the texts and topics examined are classic stories by Murray Leinster, C. L. Moore, and Cordwainer Smith; 2001: A Space Odyssey and its sequels, Japanese anime and Hong Kong cinema; and electronic fiction.