Ultimate Island: On the Nature of British Science Fiction Nicholas Ruddick

ISBN: 9780313273735

Published: January 26th 1993

Hardcover

216 pages


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Ultimate Island: On the Nature of British Science Fiction  by  Nicholas Ruddick

Ultimate Island: On the Nature of British Science Fiction by Nicholas Ruddick
January 26th 1993 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 216 pages | ISBN: 9780313273735 | 10.59 Mb

This study confronts current influential theories that science fiction is either an American phenomenon or an international one. The study rejects the idea that British science fiction is distinguishable only by its pessimistic outlook--while alsoMoreThis study confronts current influential theories that science fiction is either an American phenomenon or an international one. The study rejects the idea that British science fiction is distinguishable only by its pessimistic outlook--while also rejecting the idea that other designations, such as scientific romance or speculative fiction, better fit the British product.

Instead, the study traces the evolution of British science fiction, showing how H. G. Wells synthesized various strains in English literature, and how later writers, conscious of this Wellsian tradition, built upon Wellss literary achievement.An introduction defines what might reasonably be placed under the heading British science fiction, and why. Chapter 1 examines previous critical ideas about the nature of British science fiction, revealing that most of them are based on untested assumptions.

Chapter 2 explores the significance of the dominant motif of the island in British SF --a motif that suggests that British SF and mainstream English literature have been long and fruitfully intertwined. Chapters 3 and 4 deal respectively with British disaster fiction before and after the Second World War.

They focus on why British science fiction has so frequently seemed obsessed with catastrophe. Chapter 5, a polemical conclusion, deals with the future of British science fiction based on its current predicament. Ultimate Island forms a theoretical counterpart to the authors recently-published British Science Fiction: A Chronology 1478-1990 (Greenwood 1992), which defines the historical scope of the field.



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