Considers the emergence of science fiction as a popular genre in the 20th century
Looks at the ways in which changes in science and technology affect human perception and behaviour
Explores science fiction in film and literature and compares the two media
Considers the wider social and political issues raised by science fiction writers
Looks at a wide range of science fiction in literature, drama, poetry, and film
Explores science fiction as a global phenomenon that constantly evolves and changes in times of rapid technological and political change
Science Fiction has proved notoriously difficult to define. It has been explained as a combination of romance, science and prophecy; as a genre based on an imagined alternative to the reader's environment; and as a form of fantastic fiction and historical literature.
It has also been argued that science fiction narratives are the most engaged, socially relevant, and responsive to the modern technological environment. This Very Short Introduction doesn't offer a history of science fiction, but instead ties examples of science fiction to different historical moments, in order to demonstrate how science fiction has evolved over time.
David Seed looks not only at literature, but also at drama and poetry, as well as film. Examining recurrent themes in science fiction he looks at voyages into space, the concept of the alien and alternative social identities, the role of technology in science fiction, and its relation to time - in the past, present, and future.
Readership: General readers interested in science fiction, students of literature, film, and culture.
戴维·锡德 英国学者、文学批评家，利物浦大学教授。多年从事科幻教学与研究工作，主要研究领域为科幻作品、冷战文化、间谍小说，以及文学与电影的关系。著有《美国科幻与冷战》（1999）、《电影小说》（2011）、《阴影之下：原子弹与冷战叙事》（2013）、《雷•布 拉德伯里》（2015）等研究专著，编有《科幻小说指南》（2005）等文集。