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- ISBN: 9780853238348 | 0853238340
- Cover: Hardcover
- Copyright: 1/2/2001
This wide-ranging volume explores the various dialogues that flourish between different aspects of science fiction: academics and fans, writers and readers; ideological stances and national styles; different interpretations of the genre; and how language and ‘voices' are used in constructing SF. Introduced by the acclaimed novelist Brian W. Aldiss, the essays range from studies of writers such as Robert A. Heinlein, who are considered as the ‘heart' of the genre, to more contemporary writers such as Jack Womack and J. G. Ballard.