The Span of Mainstream and Science Fiction

The Span of Mainstream and Science Fiction

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From the 1960s (when the advent of what many call the postmodern style made establishing genres more difficult) to the present day, writers have been incorporating science--not only the commonly thought of science and technology but also the qsoftq sciences such as psychology and sociology--into what was previously considered mainstream fiction. This book examines works by Thomas Pynchon, Doris Lessing, and others who incorporate science in fiction and exemplify the movement of mainstream fiction writers toward a new genre termed qspan.q It also examines works by some science fiction writers who are edging closer to the border of science fiction and slowly over into span. This book maps the boundaries of the new span genre of fiction and thus helps define texts that fall outside the realms of mainstream and science fiction. Diagrams are included and a bibliography and index.Finally, there is a dystopian sketch of a bad science fiction disaster scenario, in which a wandering planet, Lynx, destroys the human race except for a tiny community which escapes in a space ship. Central to this story is Val Brodie, a scienceanbsp;...

Title:The Span of Mainstream and Science Fiction
Author: Peter Brigg
Publisher:McFarland - 2002-10-22

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