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  • A Quest of Her Ownby Lori M. Campbell

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2014; US$ 45.00

    This collection of new essays seeks to define the unique qualities of female heroism in literary fantasy from Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings in the 1950s through the present. Building upon traditional definitions of the hero in myth and folklore as the root genres of modern fantasy, the essays provide a multi-faceted view of an important fantasy... more...

  • The Gothic Fairy Tale in Young Adult Literatureby Joseph Abbruscato; Tanya Jones

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2014; US$ 40.00

    Rooted in the oral traditions of nearly all cultures worldwide, fairy tales have played an integral part in children's upbringing for generations. Filled with gothic and fantastical elements like monsters, dragons, evil step-parents and fairy godmothers, fairy tales remain important tools for teaching children about themselves, and the dangers... more...

  • The Poetics of Science Fictionby Peter Stockwell

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 73.95

    The Poetics of Science Fiction uniquely uses the science of linguistics to explore the literary universe of science fiction. Developing arguments about specific texts and movements throughout the twentieth-century, the book is a readable discussion of this most popular of genres. It also uses the extreme conditions offered by science fiction to develop... more...

  • Holy Sci-Fi!by Paul J. Nahin

    Springer 2014; US$ 19.99

    Can a computer have a soul Are religion and science mutually exclusive Is there really such a thing as free will If you could time travel to visit Jesus, would you (and should you) For hundreds of years, philosophers, scientists and science fiction writers have pondered these questions and many more.In Holy Sci-Fi!, popular writer Paul Nahin explores... 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...

  • Horror and the Holyby Kirk Schneider

    Open Court 2013; US$ 21.95

    Throughout history, human beings have been strangely fascinated by the monstrous and the macabre. In Horror and the Holy, a study of the classic horror story, Kirk Schneider explains the compelling power of such tales as a result of our thirst for the sacred, and identifies elements of the holy in familiar blood-curdling yarns. True horror arises... more...

  • The Gothic Childby Margarita Georgieva

    Palgrave Macmillan 2013; US$ 115.00

    Fascination with the dark and death threats are now accepted features of contemporary fantasy and fantastic fictions for young readers. These go back to the early gothic genre in which child characters were extensively used by authors. The aim of this book is to rediscover the children in their work. more...

  • Alternate Historyby Kathleen Singles

    De Gruyter 2013; US$ 126.00

    While, strictly speaking, Alternate Histories are not Future Narratives, their analysis can shed a clear light on why Future Narratives are so different from past narratives. Trying to have it both ways, most Alternate Histories subscribe to a conflicting set of beliefs concerning determinism and freedom of choice, contingency and necessity. For the... more...

  • Lord Dunsany, H.P. Lovecraft, and Ray Bradburyby William F. Touponce

    Scarecrow Press 2013; US$ 74.99

    This is a comparative study of modernity in the works of Lord Dunsany, H. P. Lovecraft, and Ray Bradbury, noted writers of fantastic fiction. The books examines how these authors addressed modernity by creating short stories that were in some sense "nostalgic" for a lost time or imaginary culture that they called home. more...

  • The Gothic Worldby Glennis Byron; Dale Townshend

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 225.00

    The Gothic World offers an overview of this popular field whilst also extending critical debate in exciting new directions such as film, politics, fashion, architecture, fine art and cyberculture. Structured around the principles of time, space and practice, and including a detailed general introduction, the five sections look at: Gothic Histories... more...