A Dune Companion

Author: Donald E. Palumbo

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476633290

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 197

View: 3246

This companion to Frank Herbert’s six original Dune novels—Dune, Dune Messiah, Children of Dune, God Emperor of Dune, Heretics of Dune and Chapterhouse: Dune—provides an encyclopedia of characters, locations, terms and other elements, and highlights the series’ underrated aesthetic integrity. An extensive introduction discusses the theme of ecology, chaos theory concepts and structures, and Joseph Campbell’s monomyth in Herbert’s narratives.

A Dune Companion

Author: Donald E. Palumbo

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476669600

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 197

View: 7167

This companion to Frank Herbert's six original Dune novels—Dune, Dune Messiah, Children of Dune, God Emperor of Dune, Heretics of Dune and Chapterhouse: Dune—provides an encyclopedia of characters, locations, terms and other elements, and highlights the series' underrated aesthetic integrity. An extensive introduction discusses the theme of ecology, chaos theory concepts and structures, and Joseph Campbell's monomyth in Herbert's narratives.

Dune Companion

Author: Ted West

Publisher: Independently Published



Page: 86

View: 7907

Have you been searching for the best Dune reading order? Or maybe more information about the Dune universe? We've got some good news for you; your search ends here. The forthcoming remake of Dune by Denis Villeneuve has led to renewed interest in the 1965 expansive sci-fi classic from Frank Herbert and the immense realm it birthed. Nevertheless, getting the right sequence for the books can be quite onerous. The labyrinthine nature of Dune novels is a well-known fact; it boasts sprawling plots, bizarre character names, and some enchanting themes. Despite the above, anyone who has followed Dune in the right order will attest that the series ranks amongst the best sci-fi novels of all time. This guide will show you how to read the Dune books by Frank Herbert in order while showing you other novels written by his son Brian and sci-fi author, Kevin J. Anderson. The guide will also help you navigate the Dune books and better understand the meaning of the novels. Since this book includes: Reading order of Dune books; Description and names of the main characters of the books; Terminology from Frank Herbert's novels, including descriptions of terms such as Gom Jabbar, Sandworm, Spice, etc. Description of planets, including Arrakis; Themes and ideas in the Dune novels. I hope you will love Duniverse. Enjoy!

Science Fiction Literature through History: An Encyclopedia [2 volumes]

Author: Gary Westfahl

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1440866171

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 766

View: 441

This book provides high school and undergraduate students, and other interested readers, with a comprehensive survey of science fiction history and numerous essays addressing major science fiction topics, authors, works, and subgenres written by a distinguished scholar. This encyclopedia deals with written science fiction in all of its forms, not only novels and short stories but also mediums often ignored in other reference books, such as plays, poems, comic books, and graphic novels. Some science fiction films, television programs, and video games are also mentioned, particularly when they are relevant to written texts. Its focus is on science fiction in the English language, though due attention is given to international authors whose works have been frequently translated into English. Since science fiction became a recognized genre and greatly expanded in the 20th century, works published in the 20th and 21st centuries are most frequently discussed, though important earlier works are not neglected. The texts are designed to be helpful to numerous readers, ranging from students first encountering science fiction to experienced scholars in the field. Provides readers with information about written science fiction in all its forms—novels, stories, plays, poems, comic books, and graphic novels Includes original interviews with major writers like Ted Chiang, Samuel R. Delany, Kim Stanley Robinson, and Connie Willis that are not available elsewhere Features numerous sidebars with additional data about various subjects and key passages from several classic works Includes hundreds of bibliographies of sources that provide additional information on various specific topics and the genre of science fiction as a whole

American Reference Books Annual: 2019 Edition

Author: Juneal M. Chenoweth

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1440869146

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 552

View: 7513

Read professional, fair reviews by practicing academic, public, and school librarians and subject-area specialists that will enable you to make the best choices from among the latest reference resources. • Provides reviews of print and electronic resources, showcasing a wide spectrum for users to consider • Presents unbiased evaluations that allow users to make their own decisions on the suitability of a given resource for their patrons' needs • Gives users access to reviews containing critical, relevant, and timely information from librarians and subject-area specialists

The Global Vampire

Author: Cait Coker,Donald E. Palumbo,C.W. Sullivan III

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476637334

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 251

View: 4956

The media vampire has roots throughout the world, far beyond the shores of the usual Dracula-inspired Anglo-American archetypes. Depending on text and context, the vampire is a figure of anxiety and comfort, humor and fear, desire and revulsion. These dichotomies gesture the enduring prevalence of the vampire in mass culture; it can no longer articulate a single feeling or response, bound by time and geography, but is many things to many people. With a global perspective, this collection of essays offers something new and different: a much needed counter-narrative of the vampire's evolution in popular culture. Divided by geography, this text emphasizes the vampiric as a globetrotting citizen du monde rather than an isolated monster.

Philip K. Dick

Author: David Sandner,Donald E. Palumbo,C.W. Sullivan III

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476677891

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 226

View: 1121

Philip K. Dick was a visionary writer of science fiction. His works speak to contemporary fears of being continually watched by technology, and the paranoia of modern life in which we watch ourselves and lose our sense of identity. Since his death in 1982, Dick's writing remain frighteningly relevant to 21st century audiences. Dick spent his life in near poverty and it was only after his death that he gained popular and critical recognition. In this new collection of essays, interviews, and talks, Philip K Dick is rediscovered. Concentrating both on recent critical studies and on reassessing his legacy in light of his new status as a "major American author," these essays explore, just what happened culturally and critically to precipitate his extraordinary rise in reputation. The essays look for his traces in the places he lived, in the SF community he came from, and in his influence on contemporary American literature and culture, and beyond.

The Fabulous Journeys of Alice and Pinocchio

Author: Laura Tosi,Peter Hunt

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476665435

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 237

View: 8338

"The Alice and Pinocchio stories connected to a worldwide audience almost like folktales and fairy tales and became fixtures of postmodernism. This comparative reading explores their imagery and history, and through literary criticism and author biographies, and discusses them in the broader context of British and Italian children's stories"--

The British Comic Book Invasion

Author: Jochen Ecke

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476674159

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 281

View: 1372

"Writers and artists in the highly competitive U.S. comics mainstream have always had to explore these questions but they were especially pressing in the 1980s. As comics readers grew older they started calling for more sophisticated stories. They were also no longer just following the adventures of popular characters--writers and artists with distinctive styles were in demand. DC Comics and Marvel went looking for such mavericks and found them in the United Kingdom. Creators like Alan Moore, Grant Morrison and Garth Ennis migrated from the anarchical British comics industry to the U.S. mainstream and shook up the status quo yet came to rely on the genius of the American system."--

The Archive Incarnate

Author: Joseph Hurtgen

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476672466

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 209

View: 5273

 We live in an information economy, a vast archive of data ever at our fingertips. In the pages of science fiction, powerful entities--governments and corporations--attempt to use this archive to control society, enforce conformity or turn citizens into passive consumers. Opposing them are protagonists fighting to liberate the collective mind from those who would enforce top-down control. Archival technology and its depictions in science fiction have developed dramatically since the 1950s. Ray Bradbury discusses archives in terms of books and television media, and Margaret Atwood in terms of magazines and journaling. William Gibson focused on technofuturistic cyberspace and brain-to-computer prosthetics, Bruce Sterling on genetics and society as an archive of social practices. Neal Stephenson has imagined post-cyberpunk matrix space and interactive primers. As the archive is altered, so are the humans that interact with ever-advancing technology.