Edging Into the Future

"The savvy critical essays in this provocative collection investigate the interface between science fiction and postmodern culture. . . . Highly recommended for readers at all levels."—Choice

Edging Into the Future
Science Fiction and Contemporary Cultural Transformation

Veronica Hollinger and Joan Gordon, Editors

2002 | 288 pages | Cloth $65.00 | Paper $28.95
Literature | Cultural Studies
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Table of Contents

IIntroduction: Edging into the Future
Veronica Hollinger and Joan Gordon

PART ONE: GENRE IMPLOSION
1. Evaporating Genre: Strategies of Dissolution in the Postmodern Fantastic
—Gary K. Wolfe
2. Omniphage: Rock 'n' Roll and Avant-Pop Science Fiction
—Lance Olsen
3. Synthespians, Virtual Humans, and Hypermedia: Emerging Contours of Post-Sf-Film
—Brooks Landon

PART TWO: IMPLODED SUBJECTS AND REINSCRIPTED BODIES
4. Staying with the Body: Narratives of the Posthuman in Contemporary Science Fiction
—Jenny Wolmark
5. "But Aren't Those Just ... You Know, Metaphors?": Postmodern Figuration in the Science Fiction of James Morrow and Gwyneth Jones
—Brian Attebery
6. Sex/uality and the Figure of the Hermaphrodite in Science Fiction; or, The Revenge of Herculine Barbin
—Wendy Pearson
7. Mutant Youth: Posthuman Fantasies and High-Tech Consumption in 1990s Science Fiction
—Rob Latham
8. "Going Postal": Rage, Science Fiction, and the Ends of the American Subject
—Roger Luckhurst

PART THREE: REIMAGINED APOCALYPSES AND EXPLODED COMMUNITIES
9. Apocalypse Coma
—Veronica Hollinger
10. Kairos: The Enchanted Loom
—Gwyneth Jones
11. Dead Letters and Their Inheritors: Ecospasmic Crashes and the Post-Mortal Condition in Brian Stableford's Histories of the Future
—Brian Stableford
12. Utopia, Genocide, and the Other: Science Fiction Explores the Truly Monstrous
Joan Gordon
13. Dis-Imagined Communities: Science Fiction and the Future of Nations
—Istvan Csicsery-Ronay, Jr.

Notes
Bibliography
List of Contributors
Index
Acknowledgments