Classical Traditions in Science Fiction

Paperback | February 11, 2015

EditorBrett M. Rogers, Benjamin Eldon Stevens

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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 textswhose 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 amuch-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 theeras 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.

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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 textswhose own "classic" status is a matter of ongoin...

Brett M. Rogers is Assistant Professor of Classics at the University of Puget Sound. Benjamin Eldon Stevens is Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics at Hollins University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8.39 × 5.51 × 0.91 inPublished:February 11, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780190228330

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PrefaceBrett M. Rogers and Benjamin Eldon Stevens: Introduction: The True History of The Future (and Its Future)Part I: SF's Rosy-Fingered Dawn1. Dean Swinford: The Lunar Setting of Johannes Kepler's Somnium, Science Fiction's Missing Link2. Jesse Weiner: Lucretius, Lucan, and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein3. Benjamin Eldon Stevens: Virgil in Jules Verne's Journey to The Center of The Earth4. Antony Keen: Mr. Lucian in Suburbia: Links between The True History and The First Men in The MoonPart II: SF 'Classics'5. Gregory S. Bucher: A Complex Oedipus: The Tragedy of Edward Morbius6. Erik Grayson: Walter M. Miller, Jr.'s A Canticle for Leibowitz, The Great Year, and The Ages of Man7. Joel Christensen: Time and Self-Referentiality in The Iliad and Frank Herbert's Dune8. Rebecca Raphael: Disability as Rhetorical Trope in Classical Myth and Blade RunnerPart III: Classics in Space9. George Kovacs: Moral and Mortal in Star Trek: The Original Series10. Brett M. Rogers: Hybrids and Homecomings in The Odyssey and Alien Resurrection11. Vincent Tomasso: Classical Antiquity and Western Identity in Battlestar GalacticaPart IV: Ancient Classics for a Future Generation?12. Gail Grobety: Revised Iliadic Epiphanies in Dan Simmons' Ilium13. Marian Makins: Refiguring the Roman Empire in The Hunger Games Trilogy14. C. W. Marshall: Jonathan Hickman's Pax Romana and The End of AntiquityAppendixRobert W. Cape, Jr.: Suggestions for Further Reading and ViewingWorks Cited