Science Fiction: A Very Short Introduction

Science Fiction A Very Short Introduction Science Fiction has proved notoriously difficult to define It has been explained as a combination of romance science and prophecy as a genre based on an imagined alternative to the reader s environme

  • Title: Science Fiction: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author: David Seed
  • ISBN: 9780199557455
  • Page: 398
  • Format: Paperback
  • Science Fiction has proved notoriously difficult to define It 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 responScience Fiction has proved notoriously difficult to define It 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 This Very Short Introduction doesn t offer a history of science fiction, but instead ties examples of science fiction to different historical moments, in order to demonstrate how science fiction has evolved over time David 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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    1. Meh.By the time David Seed eliminates everything he is not going to do in this very short introduction to science fiction -- define science fiction, trace its development chronologically, consider non-Western SF, engage with SF scholarship/criticism, etc. -- all that's left is to pick several topics such as "Time" and offer a short laundry list of a bibliographic essay on SF works addressing this theme. Even then, Seed fails to point out when major works responded to each other or how these work [...]

    2. الخيال العلمي(مقدمة قصيرة جدا)ديفيد سيديعتبر الخيال العلمي موضوع مفضل لكثير من القراء، ومتابعي الأفلام السينيمائية، ويعتبر كذلك موضوع هام جدا بالنسبة للعلماء؛ لأنه يفتح أمامهم بابا للأفكار الجديدة، ومن ثم بابا للابتكارات الجديدة.هذا الكتاب قدم موضوع الخيال العلمي من مداخ [...]

    3. I can't imagine that anyone who picks up this book is expecting to find what's actually inside. The cover reads "Science Fiction" something that, even if everyone has their own personal definition, most people understand - except the author of this book. No one (in my not-so-humble opinion) picks up a book called "Science Fiction" and expects 60% of the book to deal with material written before the turn of the century. No, not the 21st century, the 20th century. I don't pick up a book called "Sc [...]

    4. I am a big fan of science fiction, and like most other fans consider myself fairly knowledgeable about this genre. Nonetheless, I have not thought deeply and systematically about science fiction, and this very short introduction was very informative and enlightening. This book presents a good short overview of some of the most important Sci-fi writers of all time: H.G. Wells, Aldous Huxley, George Orwell, Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov, Philip K. Dick, Ursula K. Le Guin, and many others. This is [...]

    5. يعتبر هذا الكتاب مقدمة قصيرة للتعريف بأدب الخيال العلمي، المنفصل عن الواقع. حاول ديفيد سيد توضيح أحداث الكثير والكثير من الروايات والافلام والقصص المتعلقة بهذا الموضوع بأسلوب شيق حتماً يتألف من ستة فصول، يتحدث الأول عن الرحلات إلى الفضاء في الخيال العلمي وكيف تطورت مع مرور [...]

    6. Abrogating any attempt at defining science fiction, the author of this book simply takes a list of things that get called by that name, loosely organized, and says, 'It's something like this!'The overwhelming focus of the book is on novels, with other media only mentioned as asides or alluded to briefly. This seems to me at least to be a rather bizarre approach, given that the whole genre of SF (as the author admits) is very much defined by the fact that it has come about contemporary to various [...]

    7. When you want a little context and history for those tales of utopias/dystopias, the imperialist drive of the space operas, the switch to technology as the driving factor rather than conquest, types of reality or the changing form of aliens over time, then this is a succinct little guide. Revelling in the new acceptance of SF, this book traces lines from the late 19th century to the present day, establishing the types of concerns that have interested each generation of SF writers.There are some [...]

    8. A solid short introduction to science fiction, largely by theme. There are no great insights in this book but it provides a good basic starting point for anyone not well versed in the genre and wanting an up-to-date guide to where they might put some time into learning more.As one expects nowadays, obeisance is made to the small but highly respectable contribution of feminist writers and to the tiny group of self-consciously black authors in the genre. There is a respectful slight nod to Marxism [...]

    9. This book was like listening to Sheldon Cooper. Too much names and information, and less focus about the essence of the subject. I expected to read a book that discuss, through a few well known examples of fiction and movies, the meaning, philosophy, necessity, and the joy of sci-fiction but it went through unnecessary listing of endless novel titles like it was a showoff.

    10. Really nice overview of the genre. Marked down for typos and unclear academic writing at points. Sometimes Seed will assume the reader knows who he is talking about and will drop references without clarification.

    11. This book was a required read for a class I was taking: Teaching Science Fiction in the Classroom. I found this tome information dense, necessitating a re-reading of some sections. The overview that Seed created was direct and to the point and will be a valuable resource in my professional library.

    12. Like all of the best VSIs, this book points the reader in the direction of other great resources on the topic too. Recommended.

    13. InformativeI enjoyed this more than I thought I would. Also, found some new books for my reading list from many of the books the author referenced.

    14. My love and interest for this genre has sparked a desire, like countless people before me, to have some categorical way to understand it. Mostly to enhance my own abilities to review SciFi works. And as many others before me, I am at a complete loss for a way to compare the myriad and variety of works encompassed by this genre. This publication broadened my reading list, but gave me little in the way of answers. This "very short" introduction did end up being, as promised, very short. While it d [...]

    15. I don't really know how to review a book like this. I learned a lot about books I'd never heard of, and I definitely got a few things to look up for my Qual from reading this. It was probably one of the most enjoyable nonfiction books I've read because it wasn't very dense and it was about something I really enjoy. However, there were some very basic mistakes (calling the 20th century the 19th, calling Michel Foucault Henri, etc) that I plan to email the publisher about.

    16. كتاب جيد ومسلي عن بدايات روايات الخيال العلمي وأول الأفكار والتصورات عن الفضاء وما به وعمن يسكنه - إن وجد - بجانب تصورات الرحلات الغريبة على الأرض والدن الفاضلة إلخ بجانب أوائل الأفلام التي تناولت هذه الأمور وبرغم أسلوب الكتاب البسيط والسهل إلا أني أظن أنه لو كان فيلماً وثا [...]

    17. I reviewed some of the other comments on this book before picking it up. I agree with many of them after having finished this AVSI entry. I won't rehash those comments (most of the negative ones I agree with, though I will note that the person that noted spelling and grammatical mistakes needs a lesson in American versus British English), but I will add a few of my own:-If you are wondering about tone of the book/way that it handles the science fiction information, I think this quote will give y [...]

    18. One of the less satisfying entries in the usually excellent "Very Short Introduction" series, this one takes a strange approach to its subject by walking through a series of typical SF tropes (i.e space travel, aliens, technology, time travel, etc) and essentially listing off key works that make use of those tropes. It's totally unclear what the intended audience is. One of the more interesting sections at the end discusses SF criticism and how Marxist, feminist, and other critical traditions ha [...]

    19. Etter å ha lest noen få science fiction-bøker tenkte jeg at det ville være morsomt å lese en bok om hva science fiction er. Dessverre var boken på mange måter en oppramsing av hvordan forskjellige SF-bøker behandler verdensrommet, aliens, teknologi, dystopier/utopier, og tidsreiser. Dette var forsåvidt interessant, spesielt når boken tok opp SF jeg faktisk hadde lest. Men for de mange bøkene jeg knapt hadde hørt om - var dette mer en slags oppramsing uten kontekst.Så for meg var det [...]

    20. If one considers that a good introductory book makes one reads the text discussed, then this book is a "good" book. However, some of the discussions are too general and fail to connect with previous and further discussions. For example, Seed mentions how feminist SF argues that the genre is mainly male oriented, whereas his own discussion on feminist SF is discussed in merely five pages. Maybe the ambitions of the book are bigger than the size provided by the publisher. Still, this introduction [...]

    21. Hardly more than a survey, notable for mentioning obscure works by virtually unknown authors, or at least unrecognized outside academic circles. Awkwardly written for a purported introduction and merited at least one more revision to correct punctuation and the errors noted by other reviewers. The volume of author and title references is staggering, leaving little room for more than broad brush analysis. This short book has value as a starting place for a serious student of SF to begin a persona [...]

    22. A 2.5 is probably appropriate for this book: solidly in the middle. Instead of trying to hash out a definition of science fiction, it focuses on exploring common tropes/story types, and giving examples of books that fit these molds. It makes for an extremely basic introduction, but that's all the A Very Short books ever promise.

    23. An intriguing but, as titularly suggested, brief look into the nooks and crannies of what is, or, perhaps more precisely, was, science fiction. In an attempt to remain timeless, quite a bit of relevancy is lost. Nevertheless a good book, if for nothing else than piquing ones further interest.

    24. This is a dense and occasionally academic introduction to science fiction but overall gives a good historical context to the field.

    25. This book is a short history of, rather than an introduction to, the genre. I am surprised to see how little it deals with actual science, though there is a chapter on technology.

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