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ULTIMATE ISLAND: ON THE NATURE OF BRITISH SCIENCE FICTION .

Ruddick, Nicholas

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ISBN 10: 0313273731 / ISBN 13: 9780313273735
Edité par Greenwood Press [1993]., Westport, Connecticut, London, 1993
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Octavo, pp. [i-ix] x [xi-xii] [1] 2-202 [203: "About the Author"] [204: blank], cloth. First edition. Anatomy of Wonder (2004) 9-164. A fine copy without dust jacket as issued. (#52418). N° de réf. du libraire 142054

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Titre : ULTIMATE ISLAND: ON THE NATURE OF BRITISH ...

Éditeur : Greenwood Press [1993]., Westport, Connecticut, London

Date d'édition : 1993

Reliure : Hardcover

Edition : 1st Edition

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This study confronts current influential theories that science fiction is either an American phenomenon or an international one. The study rejects the idea that British science fiction is distinguishable only by its pessimistic outlook--while also rejecting the idea that other designations, such as scientific romance or speculative fiction, better fit the British product. Instead, the study traces the evolution of British science fiction, showing how H. G. Wells synthesized various strains in English literature, and how later writers, conscious of this Wellsian tradition, built upon Wells's literary achievement.

An introduction defines what might reasonably be placed under the heading British science fiction, and why. Chapter 1 examines previous critical ideas about the nature of British science fiction, revealing that most of them are based on untested assumptions. Chapter 2 explores the significance of the dominant motif of the island in British SF --a motif that suggests that British SF and mainstream English literature have been long and fruitfully intertwined. Chapters 3 and 4 deal respectively with British disaster fiction before and after the Second World War. They focus on why British science fiction has so frequently seemed obsessed with catastrophe. Chapter 5, a polemical conclusion, deals with the future of British science fiction based on its current predicament. Ultimate Island forms a theoretical counterpart to the author's recently-published British Science Fiction: A Chronology 1478-1990 (Greenwood 1992), which defines the historical scope of the field.

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What are the characteristics of British science fiction?

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