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Farah Mendlesohn

Autor(a) de The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction

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Farah Mendlesohn teaches at Middlesex University, London
Image credit: Photo taken Aug. 11, 2006 Copyright © Johan Anglemark, 2006 (image use requires permission of Johan Anglemark)

Obras por Farah Mendlesohn

The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction (2003) — Editor; Contribuidor — 280 exemplares
Rhetorics of Fantasy (2008) 208 exemplares
Terry Pratchett: Guilty Of Literature (2000) — Editor — 150 exemplares
The Cambridge Companion to Fantasy Literature (2012) — Editor; Contribuidor — 109 exemplares
A Short History of Fantasy (2009) 102 exemplares
On Joanna Russ (1742) — Editor — 38 exemplares
The True Knowledge of Ken MacLeod (2005) — Editor — 28 exemplares
The Parliament of Dreams: Conferring on Babylon 5 (1998) — Editor — 19 exemplares
Polder: A Festschrift for John Clute and Judith Clute (2006) — Editor — 13 exemplares
Spring Flowering (2017) 5 exemplares
Aliens in Popular Culture (2019) — Editor — 5 exemplares
Classic Fantasy Stories (2024) 1 exemplar
Rainbow Bouquet (2019) — Editor — 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Fighting the Forces: What's at Stake in Buffy the Vampire Slayer? (2002) — Contribuidor — 228 exemplares
The Routledge Companion to Science Fiction (2009) — Contribuidor — 54 exemplares
BSFA Awards 2019 (2020) — Autor — 2 exemplares


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This slender volume was first published in 2003, and so only contains papers on MacLeod's Fall Revolution Quartet and the trilogy Engines of Light. Although very erudite, it it not written in the sort of dense language normally associated either with Marxist theory or literary criticism, although fairly obviously, it contains both. It also has a piece by MacLeod on his friend Iain Banks (the introduction to a German edition of IMB's Consider Phlebas), and another of the papers contrasts political themes in Macleod's and Banks' work (though be aware that Banks was still alive at this point and so the comparison is incomplete).

There were matters of fact in one of the papers that I dispute - fairly straightforward ones, at that - but otherwise I found this book enlightening and indeed, it made me want to re-read MacLeod's Fall Revolution novels, even though I only read them within the last ten years.

Be aware that anyone reading this will not only gain insights into Ken MacLeod's first seven novels, but they will also be given something of a crash course in radical politics, mainly of the British Left, but also of libertarian thought as this is a secondary strand in MacLeod's writings. These themes have continued in his writing since the early 2000s, although never in an uncritical way. Perhaps one of the most interesting things about the novels of Ken MacLeod is that just when you think he has exhausted all the possibilities that radical Leftist politics has to offer, there will be a new book that at least touches upon, if not relies upon, another aspect of socialist thought or experience. This book will prepare readers for the depth of MacLeod's political engagement in all of his works, based on the analysis of the first seven novels.
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RobertDay | 2 outras críticas | Oct 14, 2023 |
A set of essays that vary in quality and subject matter. Some emphasize history of a genre or subdivision, others are more based on literary theory.
ritaer | 2 outras críticas | Nov 12, 2022 |
Like many boys of my generation, I was introduced to science fiction by a small number of authors, most prominently Robert A. Heinlein. Farah Mendlesohn, a scholar of speculative fiction, has reviewed Heinlein's works including those left unpublished at his death, and written a critical assessment in (mostly) plain language. Some of her conclusions may surprise you: she decides Heinlein is a feminist (outstanding in relation to most men of his generation) and (again in the context of his generation and formative years) a certain type of progressive all his life. This was a fascinating read and has helped me see Heinlein through a different lens. I'm still not going to reread "Farnham's Freehold" or one or two others of his books but she even explains his, to me, embarrassing female-male dialogues. An excellent book, which argues that the Sad Puppies are wrong about Heinlein.… (mais)
nmele | 5 outras críticas | Apr 17, 2021 |
Quite heavy reading. Extremely informative and well researched as is expected of a Cambridge Companion. However there is some confusion regarding Urban fantasy and paranormal romance.
Andorion | 2 outras críticas | Feb 6, 2021 |



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Ken MacLeod Contributor
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John Clute Contributor
Damien Broderick Contributor
Adam Roberts Contributor
Michael Levy Contributor
Brian Stableford Contributor
Wendy Pearson Contributor
Joan Slonczewski Contributor
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Maria Nikolajeva Contributor
Nnedi Okorafor Contributor
Kari Maund Contributor
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Greer Gilman Contributor
Sharon Sieber Contributor
Gregory Frost Contributor
Veronica Schanoes Contributor
Jim Casey Contributor
Charles Vess Cover artist
James A Trimarco Contributor
Lavie Tidhar Contributor
Rachel Swirsky Contributor
Una McCormack Contributor
Jo Walton Contributor
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Kari Sperring Contributor
Katherine Sparrow Contributor
Elizabeth Sourbut Contributor
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Charles Stross Contributor
Lucy Kemnitzer Contributor
Kira Franz Contributor
Ian Whates Contributor
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Davin Ireland Contributor
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Marie Brennan Contributor
Chaz Brenchley Contributor
Bruce Sterling Contributor
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