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Table of Contents: CLASSICAL TRADITIONS IN SCIENCE FICTION Edited by Brett M. Rogers & Benjamin Eldon Stevens

Check out he table of contents for the interesting book of essays called Classical Traditions in Science Fiction

But first, here’s the book description:

For all its concern with change in the present and future, science fiction is deeply rooted in the past and, surprisingly, engages especially deeply with the ancient world. Indeed, both as an area in which the meaning of “classics” is actively transformed and as an open-ended set of texts whose own ‘classic’ status is a matter of ongoing debate, science fiction reveals much about the roles played by ancient classics in modern times. Classical Traditions in Science Fiction is the first collection dedicated to the rich study of science fiction’s classical heritage, offering a much-needed mapping of its cultural and intellectual terrain.

This volume discusses a wide variety of representative examples from both classical antiquity and the past four hundred years of science fiction, beginning with science fiction’s “rosy-fingered dawn” and moving toward the other-worldly literature of the present day. As it makes its way through the eras of science fiction, Classical Traditions in Science Fiction exposes the many levels on which science fiction engages the ideas of the ancient world, from minute matters of language and structure to the larger thematic and philosophical concerns.

Here’s the table of contents…

Introduction: The True History of The Future (and Its Future) by Brett M. Rogers and Benjamin Eldon Stevens

Part I: SF’s Rosy-Fingered Dawn

  1. The Lunar Setting of Johannes Kepler’s Somnium, Science Fiction’s Missing Link by Dean Swinford
  2. Lucretius, Lucan, and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein by Jesse Weiner
  3. Virgil in Jules Verne’s Journey to The Center of The Earth by Benjamin Eldon Stevens
  4. Mr. Lucian in Suburbia: Links between The True History and The First Men in The Moon by Antony Keen

Part II: SF ‘Classics’

  1. A Complex Oedipus: The Tragedy of Edward Morbius by Gregory S. Bucher
  2. Walter M. Miller, Jr.’s A Canticle for Leibowitz, The Great Year, and The Ages of Man by Erik Grayson
  3. Time and Self-Referentiality in The Iliad and Frank Herbert’s Dune by Joel Christensen
  4. Disability as Rhetorical Trope in Classical Myth and Blade Runner by Rebecca Raphael

Part III: Classics in Space

  1. Moral and Mortal in Star Trek: The Original Series by George Kovacs
  2. Hybrids and Homecomings in The Odyssey and Alien Resurrection by Brett M. Rogers
  3. Classical Antiquity and Western Identity in Battlestar Galactica by Vincent Tomasso

Part IV: Ancient Classics for a Future Generation?

  1. Revised Iliadic Epiphanies in Dan Simmons’ Ilium by Gaël Grobéty
  2. Refiguring the Roman Empire in The Hunger Games Trilogy by Marian Makins
  3. Jonathan Hickman’s Pax Romana and The End of Antiquity by C. W. Marshall
  • Appendix
  • Suggestions for Further Reading and Viewing by Robert W. Cape, Jr.
  • Works Cited

Book info as per Amazon US:

  • Series: Classical Presences
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (February 9, 2015)
  • ISBN-10: 0190228334
  • ISBN-13: 978-0190228330
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1 Comment on Table of Contents: CLASSICAL TRADITIONS IN SCIENCE FICTION Edited by Brett M. Rogers & Benjamin Eldon Stevens

  1. Sounds like someone’s Master’s Thesis……..

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