Book DescriptionThese fantastic tales are as fresh and relevant today as they were when they first appeared in the 1940s, the Golden Age of Science Fiction. Theodore Sturgeon’s “Killdozer!” details the liberation of a mutant energyforce with intelligence and a will to destroy. “With Folded Hands,” by Jack Williamson, unfolds a terrifying vision of the future where humanoid mechanisms secure “happiness” for all human beings. In a corrupt empire to come, “The Weapons Shop” of A.E. van Vogt’s world may be the only source for legal and moral justice. Plus, there’s an early “Foundation” tale by Issac Asimov, and many other brilliant examples by C.L. Moore, Lester del Rey, and more.
This collection brings together five stories which explore a range of perspectives within the genre of science fiction. From space travel to time travel, scientific experiments and teleportation, these stories will fascinate and delight fans of science fiction everywhere.
Featuring numerous updates and enhancements, Science Fiction and Philosophy, 2nd Edition, presents a collection of readings that utilize concepts developed from science fiction to explore a variety of classic and contemporary philosophical issues. Uses science fiction to address a series of classic and contemporary philosophical issues, including many raised by recent scientific developments Explores questions relating to transhumanism, brain enhancement, time travel, the nature of the self, and the ethics of artificial intelligence Features numerous updates to the popular and highly acclaimed first edition, including new chapters addressing the cutting-edge topic of the technological singularity Draws on a broad range of science fiction’s more familiar novels, films, and TV series, including I, Robot, The Hunger Games, The Matrix, Star Trek, Blade Runner, and Brave New World Provides a gateway into classic philosophical puzzles and topics informed by the latest technology
This collection brings together five stories which explores a range of perspectives within the genre of science fiction. From space travel to time travel, scientific experiments and teleportation, these stories will fascinate and delight fans of science fiction everywhere. Stories: We Can Remember It For You Wholesale Phillip K Dick A Sound of Thunder - Ray Bradbury Travel By Wire! - Arthur C Clarke The Martian Odyssey - Stanley G Weinbaum The Shadow and the Flash - Jack London CONTENTS: Introduction Using a dictionary The Genre of Science Fiction Essay questions Glossary Language study index Macmillan Literature Collections These advanced-level Readers contain a variety of original, unsimplified short stories written by famous classic and modern writers. They are perfect for those students who are ready to make the transition from graded readers to unabridged English literature texts. Each collection provides substantial language support including vocabulary, comprehension questions and language-study exercises. There is also a literary analysis section to help students examine themes, characterisation and plot - thus increasing their understanding and appreciation of each story. Answer keys and further support are available from the Macmillan Readers website.
Book DescriptionThe best writing is speculative, and the best science fiction flies far beyond the boundaries of outer space in this collection of top Australian science fiction from the past fifty years. Stories include: * a cautionary tale of greed anddiamonds by Jack Dann * what it means to be civilized by A. Bertram Chandler * proof that manned flight was invented in the Middle Ages Other contributors include: Peter Carey, Greg Egan, Pip Maddern, Norma Hemming, George Tuner, Jack Wodhams, David Lake, Erle Cox, Lucy Sussex,Randal Flynn, John Baxter, Frank Bryning and many more.
Women have always written powerful, important science fiction stories. This anthology showcases the most exceptional stories written by women in recent decades, from classic stars Ursula K. Le Guin and James Tiptree Jr, science fiction greats Nancy Kress, Lois McMaster Bujold and Karen Joy Fowler, new award-winning talents Elizabeth Bear and Aliette de Bodard and many more! Whether crossing the stars or constructing the future of our planet, women's contributions to science fiction are unforgettable.
A 100 postcard collection of the iconic, bizarre and mind-blowing best of science fiction cover designs from 80 years of Penguin's history. From the 1930s and 1940s and the world famous tri-band design, to the covers of the 1960s and 1970s inspired by surrealism, expressionism, psychedelia and pop art, this collection charts science fiction's emergence as a literary force while embracing the spirit of its pulp excess. These 100 postcards feature covers for the heavyweights of the genre as well as highlighting some of the weirdest and most wonderful cult-classics you may or may not have heard of. This collection will make you smile or shake your head in wonder - it is something to be shared and treasured.
The Philosophy of Science Fiction: Henri Bergson and the Fabulations of Philip K. Dick explores the deep affinity between two seemingly quite different thinkers, in their attempts to address the need for salvation in (and from) an era of accelerated mechanization, in which humans’ capacity for destroying or subjugating the living has attained a planetary scale. The philosopher and the science fiction writer come together to meet the contradictory imperatives of a realist outlook—a task which, arguably, philosophy and science fiction could only ever adequately undertake in collaboration. Their respective approaches meet in a focus on the ambiguous status of fictionalizing, or fabulation, as simultaneously one of mechanization’s most devastating tools, and the possibility of its undoing. When they are read together, the complexities and paradoxes thrown up by this ambiguity, with which both Bergson and Dick struggle on their own, open up new ways to navigate ideas of mechanism and mysticism, immanence and transcendence, and the possibility and meaning of salvation. The result is at once an original reading of both thinkers, a new critical theory of the socio–cultural, political and ethical function of fictionalizing, and a case study in the strange affinity, at times the uncanny similarity, between philosophy and science fiction.
Sublime Voices – The Fictional Science and Scientific Fiction of Abe Kobo
"No one would have believed, in the last years of the nineteenth century, that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's"Exploring the primordial nightmares that lurk within humanity's dreams of progress and technology, H.G. Wells was a science fiction pioneer. This new omnibus edition brings together four of his hugely original and influential science-fiction novels - The Time Machine, The Island of Doctor Moreau, The Invisible Man and The War of the Worlds - with his most unsettling and strange short stories. Containing monstrous experiments, terrifying journeys, alien occupiers and grotesque creatures, these visionary tales discomfit and disturb, and retain the power to trouble our sense of who we are. With an introduction by Matthew Beaumont