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Author McConnell, Frank D., 1942-1999.

Title The science of fiction and the fiction of science : collected essays on SF storytelling and the gnostic imagination / Frank McConnell ; edited by Gary Westfahl ; foreword by Neil Gaiman
Published Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., [2009]


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Description xii, 222 pages ; 23 cm
Series Critical explorations in science fiction and fantasy ; 12
Critical explorations in science fiction and fantasy ; 12
Contents Frank McConnell B.C.E. (before coming to Eaton). Born in fire : the ontology of the monster ; Song of innocence : The creature from the black lagoon ; H.G. Wells : utopia and doomsday ; Realist of the fantastic : H.G. Wells about/in/on the movies -- Slouching toward bedlam: the early Eaton essays. Sturgeon's law : first corollary ; Boring dates : reflections on the apocalypse game ; Frames in search of a genre ; From Astarte to Barbie and beyond : the serious history of dolls ; The playing fields of Eden ; It's only a paper moon : fantasy and the professors ; "Turn that shit down!" or, How to market an underground -- Gnostic lunch: the later Eaton essays. Alimentary, my dear Watson : food and eating in scientific and mystery fiction ; You bet your life : death and the storyteller ; Seven types of chopped liver : my adventures in the genre wars ; The missionary physician, from Asclepius to Kervorkian ; The science of fiction and the fiction of science : a storytelling animal in an inhospitable world -- Memories of Frank / Paul Alkon, Gregory Benford, Harold Bloom, Sheila Finch, Carl Freedman, Howard V. Hendrix, Bruce Kawin, Joseph D. Miller, Eric S. Rabkin, Mark Rose, George Slusser
Summary "At first emphasizing that science fiction is primarily one of many forms of storytelling, McConnell gradually recognized science fiction as a modern expression of Gnosticism, rejecting bodily concerns for an exclusive emphasis on spirituality. McConnell's essays cover such topics as H.G. Wells, science fiction in academia, and the role of genre in storytelling"--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
"A bibliography of the works of Frank McConnell": pages 187-200
Subject Science fiction -- History and criticism.
Storytelling in literature.
Gnosticism in literature.
Author Westfahl, Gary.
Gaiman, Neil.
LC no. 2008046162
ISBN 9780786437221 paperback alkaline paper