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Reading by Starlight explores the characteristics in the writing, marketing and reception of science fiction which distinguish it as a genre. Damien Broderick explores the postmodern self-referentiality of the sci-fi narrative, its intricate coded language and discursive `encyclopaedia'. He shows how, for perfect understanding, sci-fi readers must learn the codes of these i Reading by Starlight explores the characteristics in the writing, marketing and reception of science fiction which distinguish it as a genre. Damien Broderick explores the postmodern self-referentiality of the sci-fi narrative, its intricate coded language and discursive `encyclopaedia'. He shows how, for perfect understanding, sci-fi readers must learn the codes of these imaginary worlds and vocabularies, all the time picking up references to texts by other writers. Reading by Starlight includes close readings of paradigmatic cyberpunk texts and writings by SF novelists and theorists including Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Brian Aldiss, Patrick Parrinder, Kim Stanley Robinson, John Varley, Roger Zelazny, William Gibson, Fredric Jameson and Samuel R. Delaney.


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Reading by Starlight explores the characteristics in the writing, marketing and reception of science fiction which distinguish it as a genre. Damien Broderick explores the postmodern self-referentiality of the sci-fi narrative, its intricate coded language and discursive `encyclopaedia'. He shows how, for perfect understanding, sci-fi readers must learn the codes of these i Reading by Starlight explores the characteristics in the writing, marketing and reception of science fiction which distinguish it as a genre. Damien Broderick explores the postmodern self-referentiality of the sci-fi narrative, its intricate coded language and discursive `encyclopaedia'. He shows how, for perfect understanding, sci-fi readers must learn the codes of these imaginary worlds and vocabularies, all the time picking up references to texts by other writers. Reading by Starlight includes close readings of paradigmatic cyberpunk texts and writings by SF novelists and theorists including Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Brian Aldiss, Patrick Parrinder, Kim Stanley Robinson, John Varley, Roger Zelazny, William Gibson, Fredric Jameson and Samuel R. Delaney.

38 review for Reading by Starlight: Postmodern Science Fiction

  1. 4 out of 5

    Alexander Popov

    Not as groundbreaking or original as Delany's theoretical writings, but perhaps just as erudite and expansive. Bringing together various critical-theoretical strands of thought and providing numerous valuable readings of particular SF works, it is indispensable for the seriously interested in the theory of SF. Also a must for Delany devotees. Not as groundbreaking or original as Delany's theoretical writings, but perhaps just as erudite and expansive. Bringing together various critical-theoretical strands of thought and providing numerous valuable readings of particular SF works, it is indispensable for the seriously interested in the theory of SF. Also a must for Delany devotees.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Davorin Horak

    Izvrsna Broderickova knjiga o SF-u. Fino strukturirana, lijepo pisana, zanimljiva za one koji nemaju pojima o SF-u podjednako kao i znalcima. Mozda ce biti malo naporna onima koji se ne bacaju naglavacke u teoriju, pogotovo pred kraj kad Broderic razlaze Delanyja, ali prije toga sve je ko vodu piti. Lektira definitivno.

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