Irish Science Fiction
Jack Fennell teaches at the University of Limerick.
Introduction 1. Mad Science and the Empire: Fitz-James O’Brien and Robert Cromie 2. ‘Future War’ and Gender in Nineteenth-Century Ireland 3. Nationalist Fantasies of the Early Twentieth Century 4. States of Emergency: Irish SF During World War Two 5. The 1960s: Lemass, Modernization and the Cold War 6. The Wrong History: Bob Shaw, James White and the Troubles 7. Exotic Doom: the SF of Ian McDonald 8. The Dystopian Decades: From Recession to Tiger and Back Again 9. The Shape of Irish SF to Come Bibliography Index
The widely cast net of theoretical argumentation, the constant change of focus, and the vivacity of style all make Irish Science Fiction a particularly rewarding read.
Australasian Journal of Irish Studies
Irish Science Fiction is a timely study in more ways than one. A chronological examination of two centuries of Irish sf, it is a groundbreaking and long-overdue work, coming in the wake of much recent interest in other 'national' sf traditions (Ukrainian, Italian, and Israeli, among others). Covering texts in both English and Irish Gaelic, the book is both an analysis of a surprisingly diverse selection of Irish literature and an important injection of sf into the field of Irish literary studies.
Conor Reid Science Fiction Studies
An important and groundbreaking book ... it introduced me to a whole body of writing about which – after 40 years in the field – I knew next to nothing, and made me want to search out and read much of it. I imagine most readers will feel the same way, and will, as do I, feel gratitude to the author for guiding us to and through the heretofore terra incognita of Irish science fiction.
Size: 239 x 163 mm
Publication: November 5, 2014
Series: Liverpool Science Fiction Texts and Studies 48