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  • Heinlein’s Juvenile Novelsby C.W. Sullivan; Donald E. Palumbo

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2011; US$ 40.00

    Robert A. Heinlein's early, juvenile science fiction novels appeared between 1947 and 1963, just as America was emerging from World War II and entering the space age, and are among his richest and most warmly remembered books. This comprehensive work defines the many names, terms and cultural references that appear in Heinlein's juvenile novels,... more...

  • The Animal Fable in Science Fiction and Fantasyby Bruce Shaw; Donald E. Palumbo; C.W. Sullivan

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2010; US$ 35.00

    Though animal stories and fables stretch back into the antiquity of ancient India, Persia, Greece and Rome, the reasons for writing them and their resonance for readers (and listeners) remain consistent to the present. This work argues that they were essential sources of amusement and instruction--and were also often profoundly unsettling. Such authors... more...

  • The Twilight Mystiqueby Amy M. Clarke; Marijane Osborn; Donald E. Palumbo

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2010; US$ 29.95

    The 13 essays in this volume explore Stephenie Meyer's wildly popular Twilight series in the contexts of literature, religion, fairy tales, film, and the gothic. Several contributors examine Meyer's emphasis on abstinence, considering how, why, and if the author's Mormon faith has influenced the series' worldview. Others look at fan... more...

  • The Anticipation Novelists of 1950s French Science Fictionby Bradford Lyau; Donald E. Palumbo; C.W. Sullivan

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2010; US$ 55.00

    Following World War II, the Fleuve Noir publishing house published popular American genre fiction in translation for a French audience. Their imprint Anticipation specialized in science fiction, but mostly eschewed translations from English, preferring instead French work, thus making the imprint an important outlet for native French postwar ideas... more...

  • Apocalypse in Australian Fiction and Filmby Roslyn Weaver; Donald E. Palumbo; C.W. Sullivan

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2011; US$ 35.00

    Australia has been a frequent choice of location for narratives about the end of the world in science fiction and speculative works, ranging from pre-colonial apocalyptic maps to key literary works from the last fifty years. This critical work explores the role of Australia in both apocalyptic literature and film. Works and genres covered include Nevil... more...

  • British Science Fiction Film and Televisionby Tobias Hochscherf; James Leggott; Donald E. Palumbo

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2011; US$ 35.00

    Written by international experts from a range of disciplines, these essays examine the uniquely British contribution to science fiction film and television. Viewing British SF as a cultural phenomenon that challenges straightforward definitions of genre, nationhood, authorship and media, the editors provide a conceptual introduction placing the essays... more...

  • Cult Telefantasy Seriesby Sue Short; Donald E. Palumbo; C.W. Sullivan

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2011; US$ 35.00

    From The Prisoner in the 1960s to the more recent Heroes and Lost, a group of television series with strong elements of fantasy have achieved cult status. Focusing on eight such series, this work analyzes their respective innovations and influences. Assessing the strategies used to promote "cult" appeal, it also appraises increased opportunities... more...

  • Welsh Mythology and Folklore in Popular Cultureby Audrey L. Becker; Kristin Noone; Donald E. Palumbo

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2011; US$ 35.00

    Examining how we interpret Welshness today, this volume brings together fourteen essays covering a full range of representations of Welsh mythology, folklore, and ritual in popular culture. Topics covered include the twentieth-century fantasy fiction of Evangeline Walton, the Welsh presence in the films of Walt Disney, Welshness in folk music, video... more...

  • I See Youby Ellen Grabiner; Donald E. Palumbo; C.W. Sullivan

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2012; US$ 40.00

    In the blockbuster film Avatar, science fiction and the technological prowess of director James Cameron meet in a heady concoction that, while visually ravishing, could easily be dismissed as "eye candy." While critics most frequently acclaimed its breakthrough 3-D technology, close scrutiny of the film raises provocative questions about... more...

  • Of Bread, Blood and The Hunger Gamesby Mary F. Pharr; Leisa A. Clark; Donald E. Palumbo

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2012; US$ 40.00

    This collection of fresh essays on Suzanne Collins's epic trilogy spans multiple disciplines. The contributors probe the trilogy's meaning using theories grounded in historicism, feminism, humanism, queer theory, as well as cultural, political, and media studies. The essayists demonstrate diverse perspectives regarding Collins's novels... more...