Science fiction critical essays
Calling Ray Bradbury a "science fiction author" which is an inaccurate label is commonplace. In fact, to pigeonhole his writings as "science fiction" obscures rather than clarifies Bradbury's work. The reader may find it useful to take a brief overview of Bradbury's fiction in order to sort out the various types of fiction that he writes, as well as consider various ways of understanding his work, rather that lumping it fallaciously into the narrow category of science fiction. The perceptive critic Peter Nicholls, writing in the Science Fiction Encyclopedia Doubleday, , is reluctant to place Bradbury's work in the science fiction genre. On the contrary, he finds Bradbury's themes "traditionally American" and says that Bradbury's choosing "to render them [his themes] on several important occasions in sf [science fiction] imagery does not make RB [Ray Bradbury] a sf writer, even though his early years were devoted to the form. Hoffman , H.
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Istvan Csicsery-Ronay, Jr. This book has been a long time coming. And, you know, I need to take at least some of the blame for that. I sent my first piece to SFS in when I was still a blissfully ignorant grad student. Instead of a clip round the ear, as you might reasonably expect, Istvan, one of the new generation of editors, opened a dialogue about an essay that got steadily better with each draft. The time taken over my rookie prose improved my understanding, not just of sf or critical theory or postmodernism, but also of the academic profession as a sphere of argument, negotiation, and collaboration. Multiply this engagement with however many contributors over the years and one can soon grasp where the time went: helping to shape a generation of scholars in the sf discipline.
The topic of cultural literacy and its relation to education has been a subject of academic and public debate for many years. Both conservative back-to-basics and progressive thinkers have pointed out the problematic nature of culture and literacy in our contemporary society. Cultural studies problematized the distinction between "high" and "low" cultural practices and new literacy studies focused on the politics of traditional--Western--notions of "literacy" and criticized the idea that literacy often only refers to reading and writing.
Drawn from the Science Fiction Research Association conference held in Lawrence, Kansas, in , the essays in this volume address intersections among the reading, writing, and teaching of science fiction. Part 1 studies the teaching of SF, placing analytical and pedagogical research next to each other to reveal how SF can be both an object of study as well as a teaching tool for other disciplines. Part 2 examines SF as a genre of mediation between the sciences and the humanities, using close readings and analyses of the literary-scientific nexus. Part 3 examines SF in the media, using specific television programs, graphic novels, and films as examples of how SF successfully transcends the medium of transmission.