Visions and Re-Visions
(Re)constructing Science Fiction
Robert M. Philmus
Robert M.. Philmus is an acclaimed SF scholar and writer. Before retiring he was a Professor of English at Concordia University. He is also a former editor of the highly influential SF publication Science Fiction Studies.
Key to Abbreviations Acknowledgements Preface 1. Swift, Zamyatin, and Orwell and the Language of Utopia 2. Generic Configurations of A Story of the Days to Come 3. Re-visions of The Time Machine 4. Stanislaw Lem’s Futurological Congress as a Metageneric Text 5. Karel Capek’s Can(n)non of Negation 6. Olaf Stapledon’s Tragi-Cosmic Vision 7. C. S. Lewis and the Fictions of ‘Scientism’ 8. Kurt Vonnegut, Historiographer of the Absurd: The Sirens of Titan 9. Jorge Luis Borges and the Labyrinths of Time 10. ‘Elsewhere Elsewhen Otherwise’: Italo Calvino’s Cosmicomic Tales 11. Ursula K. Le Guin and Time’s Dispossession 12. Time Out of Joint: The World(s) of Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle Afterword: A Revisionary Construction of Genre, with Particular Reference to Science Fiction Notes Works Cited Index
Philmus succeeds in illuminating every work he discusses . . . The result is . . . some of the best close readings of SF texts that I have seen in a long time, but also a sustained contribution to the theory of genre and to the theory of literature itself.
Size: 239 x 163 mm
Publication: October 1, 2005
Series: Liverpool Science Fiction Texts and Studies 32