Science Fiction

A Very Short Introduction
Narrated by: Brian Holsopple
Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
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Frankenstein, The Time Machine, Star Trek, Dune, 1984, Blade Runner - science fiction has been explained as a combination of romance, science, and prophecy; as a genre based on an imagined alternative to the reader's environment; and as a form of fantastic fiction and historical literature. It has also been argued that science fiction narratives are the most engaged, socially relevant, and responsive to the modern technological environment. In this Very Short Introduction, David Seed doesn't offer a history of science fiction, but instead attempts to tie examples of science fiction to different historical moments, in order to demonstrate how science fiction has evolved over time, especially the emergence of science fiction as a popular genre in the 20th century. Seed looks not only at literature, but also at drama and poetry, as well as film. Examining recurrent themes in science fiction, he looks at voyages into space, the concept of the alien and alternative social identities, the role of technology in science fiction, and its relation to time - in the past, present, and future.

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nice intro, a couple problems

this is a nice intro with some good suggestions, but whenever i find a complete and ridiculous mistake in the text it tends to call into ? the rest. & though there is a nice catalogue of texts within each sub genre, there are some glaring omissions, and I never like introductory material that discloses key details of stories or even endings, thereby ruining the surprise of the experience of living in some of these great imagined worlds. so tread carefully with this one, and in general anytime there is an introduction/forward i skip it and return after i'm finished. surprisingly numerous authors seem completely willing to ruin their own stories for you. unbelievable.

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Exceptional Introduction

As an introduction, David Seed does an exceptional job. It is very comprehensive and expansive. It does what an introduction should do -- set up the terrain of the genre. One can argue with points, want more detail, want more depth and less breath -- but this is precisely the point. It sets one up well for exploring the genre in more depth. Great for a course introduction to Science Fiction. Creates a larger map of the genre that can take years to fill in.