Science Fiction Criticism: An Anthology of Essential Writings

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Science Fiction Criticism: An Anthology of Essential Writings. Rob Latham, compiler, editor. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2017.


A substantial anthology of over 500 pages with Latham contributing — in addition to an essay, "Biotic invasions […]" — an Introduction, a "List of contributors" with a brief paragraph on each, an Index, and briefly annotated lists of "Recommended further reading" (sic on capitalization) for each of the volume's five Parts: (1) Definitions and boundaries, (2) Structure and form, (3) Ideology and world view, (4) The nonhuman, (5) Race and the legacy of colonialism. Includes Bruce Sterling's "Preface to Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology," Veronica Hollinger, "Cybernetic Deconstructions: Cyberpunk and Postmodernism," Susan Sontag's "The Imagination of Disaster," Philip K. Dick's speech "The Android and the Human," Donna Haraway's "A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century," N. Katherine Hayles's "Virtual Bodies and Flickering Signifiers," Vernor Vinge's "The Coming Technological Singularity: How to Survive in a Post-Human Era," Allison de Fren's "Technofetishism and the Uncanny Desires of A.S.F.R. (alt.sex.fetish.robots)," and Lysa Rivera's "Future Histories and Cyborg Labor: Reading Borderlands Science Fiction After NAFTA."

NOTE: I have regularized capitalization of titles for ease of linking.


RDE 19/III/17, 5July17