Encyclopedia Of Science Fiction (Library Movements) by Don D'Ammassa

By Don D'Ammassa

The hot "Literary Movements" sequence examines the main influential literary routine in historical past. Pulling jointly the folk, occasions, and works that outlined every one person circulate, those A-to-Z references create a transparent, shiny photograph of ways literature used to be shaped inside of those genres or time sessions. delivering 1000s of entries, every one compelling encyclopedia information writers and affects, works and characters, locations, historic occasions, figures, phrases, and masses extra, supplying a complete source for prime institution and faculty literature scholars. Spanning the numerous works and writers of the Harlem Literary Renaissance and the Chicago Literary Renaissance in addition to the huge spectrum comprising Gothic literature, technological know-how fiction, and pulp fiction writers, the "Literary Movements" sequence completely strains every one circulate and its improvement.

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In Titan (1997) the American space program is on its last legs, but as its last gasp it sends an expedition to Titan just as the controversy over Taiwan results in a shooting war between China and the United States. The Chinese attempt to divert an asteroid into North America, almost destroying the world in the process, while the astronauts are discovering a form of life in the Jovian system. Although the plot seems disjointed at times, Baxter is at his best describing the mechanics of the spaceflight and the conditions under which the astronauts must live.

Although genre readers are now much more open to the introspective style and themes that Ballard championed, it seems unlikely that he will return to the field except fleetingly. His legacy is assured, however, because he created some distinct and memorable imagery, singing statues, dying beaches, the slow deterioration of fixed objects—buildings, landscapes, or individual characters. One of his most effective stories, for example, “The Drowned Giant,” is simply a description of an enigmatic oversized human body washed up on a beach, where it slowly decays.

It also postulates the interesting though implausible restriction that a person traveling through time can change only his or her own particular future. The protagonist of “Oddy and Id” has such consistent good luck that it is more properly described as a psychic power. “Of Time and Third Avenue” employs a device that has been repeated so many times since that it has almost become a cliché, but no one has ever used it so well: An almanac from the future shows up in our time and the man who MOLISHED finds it eventually returns it to where it came without giving in to the temptation to look inside and find information with which to enrich himself.

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