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Spaces and Fictions of the Weird and the Fantastic

By Julius Greve,Florian Zappe
  • ISBN Code: : 3030281167
  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Pages : 208
  • Category : Fiction
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This collection of essays discusses genre fiction and film within the discursive framework of the environmental humanities and analyses the convergent themes of spatiality, climate change, and related anxieties concerning the future of human affairs, as crucial for any understanding of current forms of “weird” and “fantastic” literature and culture. Given their focus on the culturally marginal, unknown, and “other,” these genres figure as diagnostic modes of storytelling, outlining the latent anxieties and social dynamics that define a culture’s “structure of feeling” at a given historical moment. The contributions in this volume map the long and continuous tradition of weird and fantastic fiction as a seismograph for eco-geographical turmoil from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century, offering innovative and insightful ecocritical readings of H. P. Lovecraft, Harriet Prescott Spofford, China Miéville, N. K. Jemisin, Thomas Ligotti, and Jeff VanderMeer, among others.

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Monster studies, dystopian literature and film studies have become central to research on the now-proliferating works that give voice to culture-specific anxieties. This new development in scholarship reinforces the notion that the genres of fantasy and science fiction call for interpretations that see their spaces of imagination as reflections of reality, not as spaces invented merely to escape the real world. In this vein, Displacing the Anxieties of Our World discusses fictive spaces of literature, film, and video gaming. The eleven essays that follow the Introduction are grouped into four parts: I. “Imagined Journeys through History, Gaming and Travel”; II. “Political Anxieties and Fear of Dominance”; III. “The Space of Fantastic Science and Scholarship”; and IV. “Spaces Natural and Spaces Artificial”. The studies produce a dialogue among disciplinary fields that bridges the imagined space between sixteenth-century utopia and twenty-first century dystopia with analyses penetrating fictitious spaces beyond utopian and dystopian spheres. This volume argues, consequently, that the space of imagination that conjures up versions of the world's frustrations also offers a virtual battleground – and the possibility of triumph coming from a valuable gain of cognizance, once we perceive the correspondence between spaces of the fantastic and those of the mundane.

SCIENCE FICTION Ultimate Box Set: 170+ Dystopian Novels, Space Adventures, Lost World Classics & Apocalyptic Tales

By Jules Verne,H. G. Wells,Edgar Allan Poe,Mary Shelley,Edwin A. Abbott,Jack London,Robert Louis Stevenson,George MacDonald,Henry Rider Haggard,William Hope Hodgson,H. P. Lovecraft,Edward Bellamy,Mark Twain,Arthur Conan Doyle,Francis Bacon,C. J. Cutcliffe Hyne,Lewis Grassic Gibbon,Margaret Cavendish,Jonathan Swift,William Morris,Samuel Butler,Edward Bulwer-Lytton,James Fenimore Cooper,Charlotte Perkins Gilman,George Orwell,Aldous Huxley,Sinclair Lewis,Yevgeny Zamyatin,Owen Gregory,Hugh Benson,Fred M. White,Ignatius Donnelly,Ernest Bramah,Arthur Dudley Vinton,Robert Cromie,Anthony Trollope,Cleveland Moffett,Richard Jefferies,Percy Greg,David Lindsay,Edward Everett Hale,Stanley G. Weinbaum,Abraham Merritt,Edgar Wallace,Otis Adelbert Kline,Malcolm Jameson,C. S. Lewis,H. Beam Piper,Garrett P. Serviss,Milo Hastings,Gertrude Barrows Bennett
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  • Publisher : e-artnow
  • Book Code : 8026896874
  • Total of Pages : 22185
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 436
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This meticulously edited Sci-Fi Collection is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents: H. G. Wells: The Time Machine The War of the Worlds The Invisible Man… Jules Verne: Journey to the Center of the Earth 20.000 Leagues under the Sea… Mary Shelley: Frankenstein The Last Man Edwin A. Abbott: Flatland Jack London: Iron Heel The Scarlet Plague… R. L. Stevenson: Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde George MacDonald: Lilith H. Rider Haggard: King Solomon's Mines She William H. Hodgson: The Night Land… Edgar Allan Poe: Some Words with a Mummy Mellonta Tauta… H. P. Lovecraft: The Cats of Ulthar Celephaïs Edward Bellamy: Looking Backward: 2000–1887 Equality… Mark Twain: A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court George Orwell: 1984 Animal Farm Aldous Huxley: Brave New World Sinclair Lewis: It Can't Happen Here Yevgeny Zamyatin: We Owen Gregory: Meccania the Super-State Margaret Cavendish: The Blazing World Jonathan Swift: Gulliver's Travels William Morris: News from Nowhere Samuel Butler: Erewhon Edward Bulwer-Lytton: The Coming Race James Fenimore Cooper: The Monikins Charlotte Gilman: Herland… Hugh Benson: Lord of the World Fred M. White: The Doom of London Ignatius Donnelly: Caesar's Column Ernest Bramah: The Secret of the League Arthur D. Vinton: Looking Further Backward Robert Cromie: The Crack of Doom Anthony Trollope: The Fixed Period Cleveland Moffett: The Conquest of America Richard Jefferies: After London Milo Hastings: City of Endless Night Francis Stevens: The Heads of Cerberus Percy Greg: Across the Zodiac David Lindsay: A Voyage to Arcturus Stanley G. Weinbaum: Stories from the Solar System Edward Everett Hale: The Brick Moon H. Beam Piper: Terro-Human Future History Paratime Police Abraham Merritt: The Moon Pool… Edgar Wallace: The Green Rust… Otis Adelbert Kline: Venus Trilogy Mars Series Malcolm Jameson: Captain Bullard Series C. S. Lewis: Space Trilogy Garrett P. Serviss: Edison's Conquest of Mars… Arthur Conan Doyle: Professor Challenger Francis Bacon: New Atlantis C. J. Cutcliffe Hyne: The Lost Continent Lewis Grassic Gibbon: Three Go Back

The Unnameable Monster in Literature and Film

By Maria Beville
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1135052301
  • Total of Pages : 204
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 173
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This book visits the 'Thing' in its various manifestations as an unnameable monster in literature and film, reinforcing the idea that the very essence of the monster is its excess and its indeterminacy. Tied primarily to the artistic modes of the gothic, science fiction, and horror, the unnameable monster retains a persistent presence in literary forms as a reminder of the sublime object that exceeds our worst fears. Beville examines various representations of this elusive monster and argues that we must looks at the monster, rather than through it, at ourselves. As such, this book responds to the obsessive manner in which the monsters of literature and culture are ‘managed’ in processes of classification and in claims that they serve a social function by embodying all that is horrible in the human imagination. The book primarily considers literature from the Romantic period to the present, and film that leans toward postmodernism. Incorporating disciplines such as cultural theory, film theory, literary criticism, and continental philosophy, it focuses on that most difficult but interesting quality of the monster, its unnameability, in order to transform and accelerate current readings of not only the monsters of literature and film, but also those that are the focus of contemporary theoretical discussion.

Critical Perspectives on the Western

By Lee Broughton
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  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Book Code : 1442272430
  • Total of Pages : 246
  • Category : Performing Arts
  • Members : 309
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The Western film continues to be reexamined by scholars, and this collection offers engaging essays on a variety of films and television shows that represent the genre. Essays in this volume consider star/celebrity studies, the representation of race, overviews of Western subgenres, and international Westerns. In all, this collection provides a diverse selection of chapters that represent current thinking on this enduring genre.

The Golden Age of Weird Fiction MEGAPACK TM, Vol. 2: George T. Wetzel

By George T. Wetzel
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  • Publisher : Wildside Press LLC
  • Book Code : 1479405019
  • Total of Pages : 177
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 315
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George T. Wetzel (1921-1983) was, for decades, the leading researcher into the life and works of H.P. Lovecraft. His scholarly essays (which Wildside Press is working on collecting) appeared in numerous books and magazines from the 1940s through the 1970s. All the time he dabbled in writing weird fiction on his own, but never pursued it beyond the occasional contribution to a small press anthology or fan-produced magazine. Like his idol, H.P. Lovecraft, he dabbled in the art. We are pleased to include a fine selection of virtually all of his fiction, including: A TALE OF THE ELDER GODS ANONYMOUS THE GOTHIC HORROR CAER SIDHI THE ENTITY EATER OF THE DEAD NIGHTMARE HOUSE WHAT THE MOON BRINGS NIGHT ON FORT CARROLL POISON PEN THE ADVENTURE OF GOSNELL JUMBEE SEEING THINGS AT NIGHT THE PIRATE OF SHELL CASTLE If you enjoy this book, search your favorite ebook store for "Wildside Press Megapack" to see the more than 180 other entries in the series, covering science fiction, modern authors, mysteries, westerns, classics, adventure stories, and much, much more!

At the Mountains of Madness

By H. P. Lovecraft
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  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Book Code : 0241341329
  • Total of Pages : 128
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 139
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'To that flash of semi-vision can be traced a full half of the horror which has ever since haunted us' An expedition to Antarctica goes horribly wrong as a group of explorers stumbles upon some mysterious ancient ruins, with devastating consequences. At the Mountains of Madness ranks among Lovecraft's most terrifying novellas, and is a firm favourite among fans of classic horror. The Penguin English Library - collectable general readers' editions of the best fiction in English, from the eighteenth century to the end of the Second World War.

The 25th Golden Age of Science Fiction MEGAPACK ®: Raymond Z. Gallun

By Raymond Z. Gallun
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  • Publisher : Wildside Press LLC
  • Book Code : 1479407488
  • Total of Pages : 576
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 359
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Raymond Zinke Gallun (1911 - 1994) was among the earliest pulp fiction writers who specialized in science fiction, and he sold many stories to magazines in the 1930s under his own name and several pseudonyms (such as Dow Elstar, E.V. Raymond and William Callahan). His first novel, "People Minus X" (included here) was published in 1957, followed by his second, "The Planet Strappers," in 1961 (also included here). He was honored with the I-CON Lifetime Achievement Award in 1985 at I-CON IV; the award was later renamed The Raymond Z. Gallun Award. THE REVOLT OF THE STAR MEN THE ETERNAL WALL ASTEROID OF FEAR BIG PILL RETURN OF A LEGEND COMET'S BURIAL STAMPED CAUTION PEOPLE MINUS X (novel) THE PLANET STRAPPERS (novel) The Collector If you enjoy this ebook, don't forget to search your favorite ebook store for "Wildside Press Megapack" to see more of the 250+ volumes in this series, covering adventure, historical fiction, mysteries, westerns, ghost stories, science fiction -- and much, much more!

The Gernsback Days

By Mike Ashley,Michael Ashley,Robert A. W. Lowndes
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  • Publisher : Wildside Press LLC
  • Book Code : 0809510553
  • Total of Pages : 499
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 120
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"In recent years there has been a resurgence of interest in Hugo Gernsback, and the start of a serious study of the contribution he made to the development of science fiction. . . . It seemed to me that the time was due to reinvestigate the Gernsback era and dig into the facts surrounding the origins of Amazing Stories. I wanted to find out exactly why Hugo Gernsback had launched the magazine, what he was trying to achieve, and to consider what effects he had-good and bad. . . . Too many writers and editors from the Gernsback days have been unjustly neglected, or unfairly criticized. Now, I hope, Robert A. W. Lowndes and I have provided the grounds for a fair consideration of their efforts, and a true reconstruction of the development of science fiction. It's the closest to time travel you'll ever get. I hope you enjoy the trip."-Mike Ashley, Preface

It Came from 1957

By Rob Craig
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  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Book Code : 1476612439
  • Total of Pages : 256
  • Category : Performing Arts
  • Members : 128
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America in the 1950s was a cauldron of contradictions. Advances in technology chafed against a grimly conservative political landscape; the military-industrial complex ceaselessly promoted the “Communist menace”; young marrieds fled crumbling cities for artificial communities known as suburbs; and the corporate cipher known as “The Organization Man” was created, along with stifling images of women. The decade, huddled under the fear of nuclear holocaust, was also dedicated to all things futuristic. Science fiction was in its salad days, in magazines and novels and in motion pictures, trying every trick in the book to lure customers back from television, including reliance on monster movies. All of these forces collided in 1957, when an astounding 57 movies of the science fiction, horror and fantasy variety were shown in the United States—a record unmatched to this day. Reflecting some of the socio-political topics of the day, several are exceptional examples of their genres. This book critically discusses each of the films.