Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Medieval Science Fiction

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Medieval Science Fiction

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Medieval Science Fiction, ed. Carl Kears and James Paz, King's College London Medieval Studies XXIV (London: King's College London Centre for Late Antique & Medieval Studies, 2016). xxvii + 308 pp. ISBN 978-0-9539838-8-9. ?60.00. In this collection of essays scholars of medieval and early modern literature, science fiction critics and authors, historians of science, and research astronomers combine their expertise in order to question the overlap between the two (usually disparate) areas of science fiction and the Middle Ages. The result is a fascinating collection of studies that questions prior assumptions concerning the boundaries between medieval and modern treatments of science fiction. The volume is divided into six sections: 'Science and fiction in the "Dark Ages"', in which Dan Anlezark asks whether Beowulf can be approached as a work of science fiction; 'Time and space travel', in which R. …

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