Reading by Starlight: Postmodern Science Fiction

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Psychology Press, 1995 - Literary Criticism - 197 pages
Reading by Starlight explores the characteristics in the writing, marketing and reception of science fiction which distinguish it as a genre.
Damien Broderick explores the postmodern self-referentiality of the sci-fi narrative, its intricate coded language and discursive `encyclopaedia'. He shows how, for perfect understanding, sci-fi readers must learn the codes of these imaginary worlds and vocabularies, all the time picking up references to texts by other writers.
Reading by Starlight includes close readings of paradigmatic cyberpunk texts and writings by SF novelists and theorists including Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Brian Aldiss, Patrick Parrinder, Kim Stanley Robinson, John Varley, Roger Zelazny, William Gibson, Fredric Jameson and Samuel R. Delaney.

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Contents

The lineage of sf
4
Running the universe
10
Sf after 19?
17
Out of the pulps
23
Uncanny and marvellous
29
GENRE OR MODE1
39
A literature of metaphor
47
THE USES OF OTHERNESS
49
THE STARS MY DISSERTATION
89
MAKING UP WORLDS
103
ALLOGRAPHY AND ALLEGORY
117
SF AS A MODULAR CALCULUS
128
THE MULTIPLICITY OF WORLDS OF OTHERS
137
THE AUTUMNAL CITY
153
Notes
159
Bibliography
180

READING THE EPISTEME
64
DREAMS OF REASON AND UNREASON
75

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