Bridges to Science Fiction and Fantasy: Outstanding Essays from the J. Lloyd Eaton Conferences

Bridges to Science Fiction and Fantasy: Outstanding Essays from the J. Lloyd Eaton Conferences


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The J. Lloyd Eaton Conferences on Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature—long held at the University of California, Riverside—have been a major influence in the study of science fiction and fantasy for thirty years. The conferences have attracted leading scholars whose papers are published in Eaton volumes found in university libraries throughout the world.
This collection brings together 22 of the best papers—most with new afterwords by the authors—presented in chronological order to show how science fiction and fantasy criticism has evolved since 1979.

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ISBN-13: 9781476669281
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 04/18/2018
Pages: 271
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.54(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Gregory Benford is a professor of physics at the University of California, Irvine. He is a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, was Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University, and in 1995 received the Lord Prize for contributions to science. He has published 32 novels, four volumes of nonfiction, and over 200 short stories and several hundred scientific papers in several fields. Gary Westfahl, retired from the University of California, Riverside, is an adjunct professor at the University of La Verne. He earned the Science Fiction Research Association’s Pilgrim Award for his lifetime contributions to scholarship and is the author, editor, or coeditor of more than 20 books about science fiction and fantasy. Howard V. Hendrix, currently at California State University, Fresno, has taught at the college level for over thirty years. He has published six novels and two collections of stories; has authored, coauthored, or coedited three works of nonfiction; and has written numerous articles, reviews, and editorials. Joseph D. Miller, active for many years as a presenter at Eaton Conferences and contributor to Eaton volumes, is currently a professor and chair of Pharmacology at the American University of the Caribbean in Cupecoy, St. Maarten.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Introduction (Gregory Benford, Gary Westfahl, Howard V. Hendrix

and Joseph D. Miller) 1

Science Fiction as Truncated Epic (Patrick Parrinder) 5

Dialogues Concerning Human Understanding: Empirical Views of God

from Locke to Lem (Stephen W. Potts) 19

The Descent of Fantasy (Eric S. Rabkin) 28

The Virginity of Astronauts: Sex and the Science Fiction Film (Vivian Sobchack) 36

Running Out of Speculative Niches: A Crisis for Hard Science Fiction? (David Brin) 53

Effing the Ineffable (Gregory Benford) 58

Discriminating Among Friends: The Social Dynamics of the Friendly Alien (John Huntington) 70

Nature: Laws and Surprises (Poul Anderson) 77

In the Palace of Green Porcelain: Artifacts from the Museums of Science Fiction (Robert Crossley) 86

Just How Frumious Is a Bandersnatch?: The Exotic and the Ambiguous in Imaginative Literature (Joseph D. Miller) 98

Making the Pulpmonster Safe for Demography: Omni Magazine and the Gentrification of Science Fiction (Howard V. Hendrix) 109

For Tomorrow We Dine: The Sad Gourmet in the Scienticafé (Gary Westfahl) 119

Cannibalism in Science Fiction (Paul Alkon) 126

Longevity as Class Struggle (Fredric R. Jameson) 138

How Cyberspace Signifies: Taking Immortality Literally (N. Katherine Hayles) 151

You Bet Your Life: Death and the Storyteller (Frank McConnell) 161

Revamping the Rut Regarding Reading and Writing About Feminist

Science Fiction: Or, I Want to Engage in “Procrustean Bedmaking” (Marleen S. Barr) 169

Literary Gatekeepers and the Fabril Tradition (Tom Shippey) 178

Flying to the Moon in the French Bande Dessinée (Danièle Chatelain and George Slusser) 195

Shapes from the Edge of Time: The Science Fiction Artwork of Richard M. Powers (Kirk Hampton and Carol MacKay) 203

The Science Fiction of Medicine (H. Bruce Franklin) 215

Science Fiction and the Two Cultures: Reflections After the ­Snow-Leavis Controversy (Carl Freedman) 228

The Eaton Roll of Honor 239

Bibliography 243

About the Contributors 251

Index 255

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