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The Dreams Our Stuff is Made Of: How Science Fiction conquered the World (Paperback)
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The Dreams Our Stuff is Made Of: How Science Fiction conquered the World (Paperback)

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Paperback 272 Pages / Published: 16/10/2000
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Disch traces Sci-Fi's phenomenal growth from the supernatural tales of Edgar Allen Poe to the utopian dreams and technological nightmares of H.G. Wells and Jules Verne, to today when it has become a multi-billion dollar global entertainment industry. While he highlights the genre's predictive successes, he emphasises its cultural role as both a lens and a medium for the very rapid changes driven by modern technology. Disch traces sci-fi's role in all aspects of modern life and explains how it has become a cultural battlefield even helping us to adjust to new social realities. But Disch is also highly critical of the genre and sees its darker expression in the appearance of suicidal UFO cults. Behind the spaceships and aliens, Disch reveals the blueprints of the dizzying postmodern future we have already begun to inhabit.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
ISBN: 9780684859781
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 254 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 15 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Alexander Star The New York Times Disch is an eloquent storyteller and polemicist....[His] book is consistently rewarding.
Frank McConnell San Jose Mercury News Brilliant....It's a wonderful book, and no one who cares about science fiction, or about American culture, should miss reading it.
George Feeley The Washington Post Witty, urbane and generous....Thomas M. Disch has got it right.
Robert Silverberg The Wall Street Journal Mr. Disch's lively and provocative new book is a science-fiction insider's brilliant attempt to come to terms with the bizarre morphing of our civilization in the past fifty years into something that might well have leaped out of the archetypical tales of yesterday's SF masters.
Alyssa Katz Newsday [Disch speaks] for the entire genre with admirable authority and grace.
Christopher Lehmann-Haupt The New York Times Provocative.
Dick Allen The Hudson Review Entertaining and provocative....Long overdue -- a pioneering look at what other cultural observers have ignored....Disch convinces us that any cultural study of our century which does not deal seriously with the genre is or will be fatally flawed.
Robert Taylor The Boston Globe A provocative and enjoyable book.
Robert Sheckley San Francisco Chronicle Sharp, provocative....More than just a history, Disch gives us a sense of the events and moods that are so much a part of science-fiction....[Disch] has covered the vital aspects of the field in a highly readable book.
Michael Jacobs USA Today Fascinating.

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