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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 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Lois McMaster Bujoldby Janet Brennan Croft; Donald E. Palumbo; C.W. Sullivan

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2013; US$ 40.00

    Lois McMaster Bujold has won a shelf full of awards--Hugos, Nebulas, and others--for both her science fiction and fantasy writing. She is one of the most respected names in the field, always delivering polished, thoughtful, and well-crafted writing. She consistently addresses great issues and problems on a human level, where they are faced by quirky,... more...

  • Doctor Who in Time and Spaceby Gillian I. Leitch; Donald E. Palumbo; C.W. Sullivan

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2013; US$ 45.00

    This collection of fresh essays addresses a broad range of topics in the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who, both old (1963-1989) and new (2005-present). The book begins with the fan: There are essays on how the show is viewed and identified with, fan interactions with each other, reactions to changes, the wilderness years when it wasn't... more...

  • The Worlds of Farscapeby Sherry Ginn; Donald E. Palumbo; C.W. Sullivan

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2013; US$ 40.00

    Reversing a common science fiction cliche, Farscape follows the adventures of the human astronaut John Crichton after he is shot through a wormhole into another part of the universe. Here Crichton is the only human being, going from being a member of the most intelligent species on our planet to being frequently considered mentally deficient by the... more...

  • Orbiting Ray Bradbury's Marsby Gloria McMillan; Donald E. Palumbo; C.W. Sullivan

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2013; US$ 40.00

    This essay collection explores the life and work of science fiction doyen Ray Bradbury from a variety of perspectives. Noting the impact of the Southwest on Bradbury, some of the essays analyze Bradbury's southwest metaphors: colonial pollution of a pristine ecology, the impacts of a colonial invasion upon an indigenous population, the meeting... more...