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.
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by Professor Michael Drout
by Professor Michael McElroy
"Professor Drout's enthusiasm for science fiction pours out of the speakers during these 14 lectures. As he traces the genre from its origins, it's clear that he not only loves the subject matter, he's loved it his entire life. The result is scholarship with a fan's affection in every plot summary, biographical, and evocation of his reading experience. Some scholars view science fiction's particular qualities with a kind of abashed hesitation. Not Drout. He is as eager to talk about giant sandworms as he is to discuss the themes of personal freedom and intergenerational training that he traces through a number of these works. G.T.B. (c) AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine"
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