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Dr Bloodmoney

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ISBN 10 : 9780575107380
Pages : 304 pages
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Pink Beam

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ISBN 10 : 9781430324379
Pages : 322 pages
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Monsters, Mushroom Clouds, and the Cold War

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Publisher : Greenwood Publishing Group
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ISBN 10 : 0313318735
Pages : 210 pages
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Download Monsters, Mushroom Clouds, and the Cold War PDF Full Free by M. Keith Booker and published by Greenwood Publishing Group. This book was released on 2001 with total page 210 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Surveying a wide range of major science fiction novels and films, this book focuses on the long 1950s--the period from 1946 to 1964--when the tensions of the Cold War were at their peak. It demonstrates that these works reflect their historical and political contexts through a consistent concern with such phenomena as alienation and routinization, which Marxist critics have seen as central consequences of capitalism. Through its engagement with such issues, American science fiction of this period reflects the growing hegemony of capitalist ideology and consequently demonstrates the beginnings of postmodernism as a major American cultural phenomenon.


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How We Became Posthuman

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ISBN 10 : 9780226321394
Pages : 364 pages
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Download How We Became Posthuman PDF Full Free by N. Katherine Hayles and published by University of Chicago Press. This book was released on 2008-05-15 with total page 364 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In this age of DNA computers and artificial intelligence, information is becoming disembodied even as the "bodies" that once carried it vanish into virtuality. While some marvel at these changes, envisioning consciousness downloaded into a computer or humans "beamed" Star Trek-style, others view them with horror, seeing monsters brooding in the machines. In How We Became Posthuman, N. Katherine Hayles separates hype from fact, investigating the fate of embodiment in an information age. Hayles relates three interwoven stories: how information lost its body, that is, how it came to be conceptualized as an entity separate from the material forms that carry it; the cultural and technological construction of the cyborg; and the dismantling of the liberal humanist "subject" in cybernetic discourse, along with the emergence of the "posthuman." Ranging widely across the history of technology, cultural studies, and literary criticism, Hayles shows what had to be erased, forgotten, and elided to conceive of information as a disembodied entity. Thus she moves from the post-World War II Macy Conferences on cybernetics to the 1952 novel Limbo by cybernetics aficionado Bernard Wolfe; from the concept of self-making to Philip K. Dick's literary explorations of hallucination and reality; and from artificial life to postmodern novels exploring the implications of seeing humans as cybernetic systems. Although becoming posthuman can be nightmarish, Hayles shows how it can also be liberating. From the birth of cybernetics to artificial life, How We Became Posthuman provides an indispensable account of how we arrived in our virtual age, and of where we might go from here.


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A Companion to Science Fiction

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ISBN 10 : 9781405144582
Pages : 612 pages
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The Search for Philip K. Dick

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ISBN 10 : 9781616960377
Pages : 279 pages
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Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction in Literature

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ISBN 10 : 9780810878846
Pages : 434 pages
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Download Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction in Literature PDF Full Free by M. Keith Booker and published by Rowman & Littlefield. This book was released on 2014-10-01 with total page 434 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This dictionary covers the history of Science Fiction in literature through a chronology, an introductory essay, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 300 cross-referenced entries including significant people; themes; critical issues; and the most significant genres that have formed science fiction literature.


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More Alive and Less Lonely

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ISBN 10 : 9781612196046
Pages : 336 pages
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ISBN 10 : 9781800081130
Pages : 272 pages
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Archaeologies of the Future

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Publisher : Verso
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ISBN 10 : 1844670333
Pages : 431 pages
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Download Archaeologies of the Future PDF Full Free by Fredric Jameson and published by Verso. This book was released on 2005 with total page 431 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In an age of globalization characterized by the dizzying technologies of the First World, and the social disintegration of the Third, is the concept of utopia still meaningful? Archaeologies of the Future, Jameson's most substantial work since Postmodernism, Or, the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism, investigates the development of this form since Thomas More, and interrogates the functions of utopian thinking in a post-Communist age. The relationship between utopia and science fiction is explored through the representations of othernessalien life and alien worldsand a study of the works of Philip K. Dick, Ursula LeGuin, William Gibson, Brian Aldiss, Kim Stanley Robinson and more. Jameson's essential essays, including "The Desire Called Utopia," conclude with an examination of the opposing positions on utopia and an assessment of its political value today.Archaeologies of the Future is the third volume, after Postmodernism and A Singular Modernity, of Jameson's project on the Poetics of Social Forms.


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A Life of Philip K. Dick

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ISBN 10 : 9781782129141
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Download A Life of Philip K. Dick PDF Full Free by Anthony Peake and published by Arcturus Publishing. This book was released on 2013-10-09 with total page pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Philip K. Dick was a writer who drew upon his own life to address the nature of drug abuse, paranoia, schizophrenia and transcendental experiences of all kinds. More than 10 major Hollywood movies are based on his work including Blade Runner, A Scanner Darkly, Total Recall, Minority Report and The Adjustment Bureau. Born in 1929 just before the Great Crash, Dick's twin sister died when she was a month old and his parents were divorced by the time he was three. In his teens, he began to show the first signs of mental instability, but by then he was already producing fiction writing of a visionary nature.


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The Twisted Worlds of Philip K. Dick

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Publisher : McFarland
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ISBN 10 : 9780786486298
Pages : 316 pages
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Download The Twisted Worlds of Philip K. Dick PDF Full Free by Umberto Rossi and published by McFarland. This book was released on 2014-01-10 with total page 316 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Philip K. Dick was one of the most popular science fiction novelists of the 20th century, but the contradictory and wily writer has troubled critics who attempt encompassing explanations of his work. This book examines Dick’s writing through the lens of ontological uncertainty, providing a comparative map of his oeuvre, tracing both the interior connections between books and his allusive intertextuality. Topics covered include time travel, alternate worlds, androids and simulacra, finite subjective realities and schizophrenia. Twenty novels are explored in detail, including titles that have received scant critical attention. Some of his most important short stories and two of his realist novels are also examined, providing a general introduction to Dick’s body of work.


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How Much Does Chaos Scare You?: Politics, Religion, and Philosophy in the Fiction of Philip K. Dick

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ISBN 10 : 9781411633490
Pages : 248 pages
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Download How Much Does Chaos Scare You?: Politics, Religion, and Philosophy in the Fiction of Philip K. Dick PDF Full Free by Aaron Barlow and published by Lulu.com. This book was released on 2005 with total page 248 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A series of essays on the writing and ideas of Philip K. Dick presented in eight chapters. This in-depth look at the philosophies behind Dick's SF and mainstream novels is based on Barlow's 1988 doctoral dissertation at the University of Iowa.


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The Science Fiction Handbook

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Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
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ISBN 10 : 1444310356
Pages : 360 pages
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Download The Science Fiction Handbook PDF Full Free by M. Keith Booker and published by John Wiley & Sons. This book was released on 2009-03-30 with total page 360 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The Science Fiction Handbook offers a comprehensive and accessible survey of one of the literary world's most fascinating genres. Includes separate historical surveys of key subgenres including time-travel narratives, post-apocalyptic and post-disaster narratives and works of utopian and dystopian science fiction Each subgenre survey includes an extensive list of relevant critical readings, recommended novels in the subgenre, and recommended films relevant to the subgenre Features entries on a number of key science fiction authors and extensive discussion of major science fiction novels or sequences Writers and works include Isaac Asimov; Margaret Atwood; George Orwell; Ursula K. Le Guin; The War of the Worlds (1898); Starship Troopers (1959); Mars Trilogy (1993-6); and many more A 'Science Fiction Glossary' completes this indispensable Handbook


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Science Fact and Science Fiction

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Publisher : Routledge
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ISBN 10 : 9781135923730
Pages : 576 pages
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Download Science Fact and Science Fiction PDF Full Free by Brian Stableford and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2006-09-06 with total page 576 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Science fiction is a literary genre based on scientific speculation. Works of science fiction use the ideas and the vocabulary of all sciences to create valid narratives that explore the future effects of science on events and human beings. Science Fact and Science Fiction examines in one volume how science has propelled science-fiction and, to a lesser extent, how science fiction has influenced the sciences. Although coverage will discuss the science behind the fiction from the Classical Age to the present, focus is naturally on the 19th century to the present, when the Industrial Revolution and spectacular progress in science and technology triggered an influx of science-fiction works speculating on the future. As scientific developments alter expectations for the future, the literature absorbs, uses, and adapts such contextual visions. The goal of the Encyclopedia is not to present a catalog of sciences and their application in literary fiction, but rather to study the ongoing flow and counterflow of influences, including how fictional representations of science affect how we view its practice and disciplines. Although the main focus is on literature, other forms of science fiction, including film and video games, are explored and, because science is an international matter, works from non-English speaking countries are discussed as needed.


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Life between Two Deaths, 19892001

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ISBN 10 : 9780822390763
Pages : 294 pages
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Download Life between Two Deaths, 19892001 PDF Full Free by Philip E. Wegner and published by Duke University Press. This book was released on 2009-06-19 with total page 294 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Through virtuoso readings of significant works of American film, television, and fiction, Phillip E. Wegner demonstrates that the period between the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989 and the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 fostered a unique consciousness and represented a moment of immense historical possibilities now at risk of being forgotten in the midst of the “war on terror.” Wegner argues that 9/11 should be understood as a form of what Jacques Lacan called the “second death,” an event that repeats an earlier “fall,” in this instance the collapse of the Berlin Wall. By describing 9/11 as a repetition, Wegner does not deny its significance. Rather, he argues that it was only with the fall of the towers that the symbolic universe of the Cold War was finally destroyed and a true “new world order,” in which the United States assumed disturbing new powers, was put into place. Wegner shows how phenomena including the debate on globalization, neoliberal notions of the end of history, the explosive growth of the Internet, the efflorescence of new architectural and urban planning projects, developments in literary and cultural production, new turns in theory and philosophy, and the rapid growth of the antiglobalization movement came to characterize the long nineties. He offers readings of some of the most interesting cultural texts of the era: Don DeLillo’s White Noise; Joe Haldeman’s Forever trilogy; Octavia Butler’s Parable novels; the Terminator films; the movies Fight Club, Independence Day, Cape Fear, and Ghost Dog; and the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In so doing, he illuminates fundamental issues concerning narrative, such as how beginnings and endings are recognized and how relationships between events are constructed.


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The Disappointment Artist

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ISBN 10 : 9780571317905
Pages : 160 pages
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Download The Disappointment Artist PDF Full Free by Jonathan Lethem and published by Faber & Faber. This book was released on 2014-08-07 with total page 160 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Lethem illuminates the process by which a child invents himself as a writer, and as a human being, through a series of approaches to the culture around him. In the title piece, a letter from his aunt (a children's book author) spurs a meditation on the value of writing workshops, the role and influence of reviews, and the uncomfortable fraternity of writers. In 'Defending The Searchers', Lethem explains how a passion for the classic John Wayne Western became occasion for a series of minor humiliations. In 'Identifying with Your Parents', an excavation of childhood love for superhero comics expands to cover a whole range of nostalgia for a previous generation's cultural artefacts. And '13/1977/21', which begins by recounting the summer he saw Star Wars twenty-one times, 'slipping past ushers who'd begun to recognize me...', becomes a meditation on the sorrow and solace of the solitary moviegoer.