Worlds Enough and Time: Explorations of Time in Science Fiction and Fantasy

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Gary Westfahl, George Edgar Slusser, David Leiby
Greenwood Publishing Group, 2002 - 198 ˹
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With our lives firmly controlled by the steady pace of time, humans have yearned for ways to escape its constraints, and authors have responded with narratives about traveling far into the past or future, reversing the flow of time, or creating alternate universes where Napoleon was triumphant at Waterloo or the South won the Civil War. Writers ranging from Dante and Lewis Carroll to Philip K. Dick and Martin Amis have probed into the workings of time, and an overwhelming desire to master time reverberates throughout popular culture. This book considers how imaginative works involving time and time travel reflect ongoing scientific concerns and examine the human condition.

The scope of the volume is unusually wide, covering such topics as Dante, the major novels of the 19th century, and stories and films of the 1990s. The book concludes with a lengthy bibliography of short stories and novels, films and television programs, and nonfiction works that feature time travel or speculations about time. With a roster of contributors that includes several of the field's major scholars, this book offers many new insights into this fascinating subject.

 

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Some Temporal Labyrinths in Science Fiction
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Order
37
Narratives of Reversed Time
49
Timescapes
63
Time and Some Mysteries of Mind
77
The Desire to Control Time in Doraemon and Japanese Culture
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H G Wells George
129
The Search for New Paradigms
149
A Bibliography of Works Related to Time and Time Travel
167
Index
185
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Gary Westfahl is adjunct professor at the University of La Verne, CA. His previous books include No Cure for the Future (2002), Unearthly Visions (2002), Worlds Enough and Time (2002), Science Fiction, Canonization, Marginalization, and the Academy (2002), Science Fiction, Children's Literature, and Popular Culture (2000), Space and Beyond (2000), and Cosmic Engineers (1996), all available from Greenwood Press.

George Slusser is professor of comparative literature at the University of California, Riverside. He has written several books about science fiction authors and coedited numerous scholarly studies. He is the coeditor of Science Fiction, Canonization, Marginalization, and the Academy (2002), and Unearthly Visions: Approaches to Science Fiction and Fantasy Art (2002), both available from Greenwood Press.

David Leiby is an independent scholar.

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