Extrapolation

Journal of scholarly study in science fiction and fantasy, featuring critical articles, reviews and bibliographies.

Articles from Vol. 55, No. 3, 2014

C. M. Kornbluth: The Life and Works of a Science Fiction Visionary
The Noble Role for SF. Mark Rich. C. M. Kornbluth: The Life and Works of a Science Fiction Visionary. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, 2010. 451 pp. ISBN 9780786443932, $39.95 pbk.Reviewed by Donald M. HasslerI write this review with some sadness...
Descent into the Pit of the Redeemer: The Sacrificial Child in International Film and Literature
The self-sacrificing child in turn-of-the-twenty-first-century films risks safety or life itself to rescue a scapegoated child or loved one from suffering, to save a community from hardship, or to otherwise meet collective needs. The sacrificial child...
Jack the Ripper and Black Magic: Victorian Conspiracy Theories, Secret Societies and the Supernatural Mystique of the Whitechapel Murders
We Don't Know Jack, the Magician. Spiro Dimolianis. Jack the Ripper and Black Magic: Victorian Conspiracy Theories, Secret Societies and the Supernatural Mystique of the Whitechapel Murders. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2011. 228 pp. ISBN 978078644547....
Lab Coats in Hollywood: Science, Scientists, and Cinema
The Unquestioned Images of Lab Coats in Postmodernism. David A. Kirby. Lab Coats in Hollywood: Science, Scientists, and Cinema. Cambridge, MA: Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press, 2011. 265 pp. ISBN 9780262014786. $28 he.Reviewed by Derek RichardOne...
Locating Science Fiction
In the Provinces of the Mode. Andrew Milner. Locating Science Fiction. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2012. 244 pp. ISBN 9781846318429. £70 he.Reviewed by Chris PakThe project of defining science fiction has been central to popular and theoretical...
"Moments in the Fall": Neoliberal Globalism and Utopian Anarcho-Socialist Desire in Ken MacLeod's Fall Revolution Quartet and Iain M. Banks's Culture Series
In the Fall Revolution series, Ken MacLeod imagines that a newfound global federation couched in the spirit of volunteerism could rise from the ashes of the embattled enclaves and distracted mini-states that plague a near-future global crisis of capitalism....
Monsters of the Market: Zombies, Vampires, and Global Capitalism
Monstrous Times Call for Monstrous Methods. David McNally. Monsters of the Market: Zombies, Vampires, and Global Capitalism. Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2012. 296 pp. ISBN 9781608462339. $28 pbk.Reviewed by Mark A. McCutcheonMonsters of the Market responds...
Own Maps/Imagined Terrain: The Emergence of Science Fiction in India
IntroductionA few caveats to begin with. First, what is called 'Science Fiction' in the course of this paper is more inclusive than exclusive, since Indian sf seems to traverse between the disciplinary territories of fantasy literature, fabular modes,...
Science Fiction: Routledge Film Guidebooks
Enlightening Journeys through Global SF. Mark Bould. Science Fiction: Routledge Film Guidebooks. London: Routledge, 2012. 239 pp. ISBN 9780415458108. $27.95 pbk.Reviewed by Sandor KlapcsikBould's thin volume delivers exactly what it promises in its cover...
The Ethics of Race, Failure, and Asian American (Ethno)Futures
What are the stakes of a critical praxis that both reads race and reimagines it? Alternately, how can we attend to a generic tendency that displaces race through analogy, submergence, and substitution while simultaneously foregrounding the concept as...
The J. G. Ballard Book
Ballardicana! Rick McGrath, ed. The J. G. Ballard Book. Toronto: The Terminal Press, 2013. 192 pp. ISBN 978-0991866519. $35.99 he.Reviewed by D. Harlan WilsonIn the ever-expanding field of Ballardian criticism, The J. G. Ballard Book is a refreshingly...
The Routledge Companion to Science Fiction
Genre Wars, Game On, Galactic Empire. Mark Bould, Andrew M. Butler, Adam Roberts, and Sheryl Vint, eds. The Routledge Companion to Science Fiction. New York: Routledge, 2009. 554 pp. ISBN 9780415453783. $51.95 he.Reviewed by Donald M. HasslerThe Futurians,...
The Vampire Film: Undead Cinema
Fangs on Film. Jeffrey A. Weinstock. The Vampire Film: Undead Cinema. New York: Columbia University Press, 2012. 144 pp. ISBN 9780231162012. $20 pbk.Reviewed by Candace R. Bene fielThe Vampire Film is the forty-eighth entry in Columbia University Press's...
Thriving in the Gap: Visual and Linguistic Meaning Unmaking in the City & the City
Spectatorship (the look, the gaze, the glance, the practices of observation, surveillance and visual pleasure) may be as deep a problem as various forms of reading (decipherment, decoding, interpretation, etc.) and that "visual experience" or "visual...
We Modern People: Science Fiction and the Making of Russian Modernity
Alternative Visionary Modernities. Anindita Banerjee. We Modern People: Science Fiction and the Making of Russian Modernity. Middletown: Wesleyan University Press, 2012. 230 pp. ISBN: 9780819573346. $24.95 pbk.Reviewed by James R. SimmonsWe Modern People...
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