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  • Pragmatics and Fictionby Jon-K. Adams

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 1985; US$ 98.00

    Pragmatics and Fiction explores the basic pragmatic differences between fictional and nonfictional discourse. These differences derive mainly from the creation of a fictional figure who narrates the text and who, in turn, addresses his narrative to a fictional audience. Since these figures become the language users of the fictional text and, therefore,... more...

  • Wizards, Aliens, and Starshipsby Charles L. Adler

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 29.95

    From teleportation and space elevators to alien contact and interstellar travel, science fiction and fantasy writers have come up with some brilliant and innovative ideas. Yet how plausible are these ideas--for instance, could Mr. Weasley?s flying car in the Harry Potter books really exist? Which concepts might actually happen, and which ones wouldn?t... more...

  • The Secret Miracleby Daniel Alarcon

    St. Martin's Press 2010; US$ 19.99

    The world?s best contemporary writers?from Michael Chabon and Claire Messud to Jonathan Lethem and Amy Tan?engage in a wide-ranging, insightful, and oft- surprising roundtable discussion on the art of writing fiction Drawing back the curtain on the mysterious process of writing novels, The Secret Miracle brings together the foremost practitioners... more...

  • Science Fictionby L. David Allen

    John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 1999; US$ 5.99

    The original CliffsNotes study guides offer expert commentary on major themes, plots, characters, literary devices, and historical background. The latest generation of titles in this series also feature glossaries and visual elements that complement the classic, familiar format. In CliffsNotes on Science Fiction: an Introduction, you'll gain insight... more...

  • Schützenhilfeby Gabriel Anwander; Anna Sommer

    Limmat Verlag 2013; US$ 24.99

    Am Stadtrand von Bern sitzt Anwalt Schild beim Essen. Just als seine Frau in die Küche geht, tritt jemand aus dem Garten ins Haus, erschiesst ihn und verschwindet wieder. Sein aktueller Mandant, den er verteidigen sollte, war ein Finanzbetrüger, der sich nach Lipari abgesetzt hatte. Der Expolizist Alexander Bergmann hält sich mit Schnüffelarbeiten... more...

  • To Be Continuedby Hope Apple; Merle L. Jacob

    ABC-CLIO 2000; US$ 123.00

    Keeping track of prolific authors who write fiction series was quite challenging for even the most ardent fan until To Be Continueddebuted in 1995. Noew, readers will be happy that the soon-to-be-released second edition has added 1,600 new books and 400 new series. To Be Continued, Second Edition, maintians the first volume's successful formula... more...

  • How Not to Write a Novelby David Armstrong

    Allison & Busby 2011; US$ 10.19

    Every week, agents and publishers in this country receive hundreds of manuscripts from would-be authors. Of these, fewer than one per cent will make it into print. David Armstrong was one of the one per-centers, his first crime novel plucked from the slush pile at a major publisher and published to acclaim So far, so good. But it rapidly became... more...

  • Parabolas of Science Fictionby Brian Attebery; Veronica Hollinger

    Wesleyan University Press 2013; US$ 22.99

    Essays about the inherently collaborative nature of science fiction more...

  • Useful Fictionsby Michael Austin

    University of Nebraska Press 2011; US$ 40.00

    “We tell ourselves stories in order to live,” Joan Didion observed in The White Album. Why is this? Michael Austin asks, in Useful Fictions. Why, in particular, are human beings, whose very survival depends on obtaining true information, so drawn to fictional narratives? After all, virtually every human culture reveres some form of storytelling.... more...

  • The Postcolonial Short Storyby Maggie Awadalla; Paul March-Russell

    Palgrave Macmillan 2012; US$ 90.00

    This book puts the short story at the heart of contemporary postcolonial studies and questions what postcolonial literary criticism may be. Focusing on short fiction between 1975 and today ? the period in which critical theory came to determine postcolonial studies ? it argues for a sophisticated critique exemplified by the ambiguity of the form. more...