- viii, 263 pages ; 26 cm.
- Additional Authors
- Benford, Gregory,Hendrix, Howard V.,Miller, Joseph D.,Westfahl, Gary,
- "The J. Lloyd Eaton Conferences on Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature have been a leading influence in the study of science fiction and fantasy for 30 years.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 have evolved since 1979"--Includes bibliographical references (pages 243-250) and index.Science Fiction as truncated Epic -- Dialogues concerning human understanding: empirical views of God from Locke to Lem -- The descent of fantasy -- The virginity of astronauts: sex and the science fiction film -- Running out of speculative niches: a crisis for hard science fiction? -- Effing the ineffable -- Discriminating among friends: the social dynamics of the friendly alien -- Nature: laws and surprises -- In the palace of green porcelain: artifacts from the museums of science fiction -- Just how frumious is a Bandersnatch?: the exotic and the ambiguous in imaginative literature -- Making the pulpmonster safe for demography: Omni Magazine and the gentrification of science fiction -- For tomorrow we dine: the sad gourmet in the Scienticafé -- Cannibalism in science fiction -- Longevity as class struggle -- How cyberspace signifies: taking immortality literally -- You bet your life: death and the storyteller -- Revamping the rut regarding reading and writing about feminist science fiction: or, I want to engage in "Procrustean Bedmaking" -- Literary gatekeepers and the Fabril Tradition -- Flying to the moon in the French Bande Dessinée -- Shapes from the edge of time: the science fiction artwork of Richard M. Powers -- The science fiction of medicine -- Science fiction and the two cultures: reflections after the Snow-Leavis Controversy.