Introduction Part I: Definition and Boundaries 1. Editorial: A New Sort of Magazine, Hugo Gernsback 2. Preface to The Scientific Romances of H.G. Wells, H.G. Wells 3. On the Writing of Speculative Fiction, Robert A. Heinlein 4. What Do You Mean: Science? Fiction? Judith Merril 5. Preface to Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology, Bruce Sterling 6. Cybernetic Deconstructions: Cyberpunk and Postmodernism, Veronica Hollinger 7. The Many Deaths of Science Fiction: A Polemic, Roger Luckhurst 8. On Defining SF, or Not: Genre Theory, SF, and History, John Rieder Recommended Further Reading Part II: Structure and Form 9. Which Way to Inner Space? J.G. Ballard 10. About 5,750 Words, Samuel R. Delany 11. On the Poetics of the Science Fiction Genre, Darko Suvin 12. The Absent Paradigm: An Introduction to the Semiotics of Science Fiction, Marc Angenot 13. Reading SF as a Mega-Text, Damien Broderick 14. Time Travel and the Mechanics of Narrative, David Wittenberg Recommended Further Reading Part III: Ideology and World View 15. Mutation or Death! John B. Michel 16. The Imagination of Disaster, Susan Sontag 17. The Image of Women in Science Fiction, Joanna Russ 18. Progress versus Utopia; or, Can We Imagine the Future? Fredric Jameson 19. Science Fiction and Critical Theory, Carl Freedman 20. Alien Cryptographies: The View from Queer, Wendy Pearson 21. The Women History Doesn't See: Recovering Mid-Century Women's SF as a Literature of Social Critique, Lisa Yaszek Recommended Further Reading Part IV: The Non-Human 22. Author's Introduction to Frankenstein, Mary Shelley 23. The Android and the Human, Philip K. Dick 24. A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century, Donna Haraway 25. Virtual Bodies and Flickering Signifiers, N. Katherine Hayles 26. The Coming Technological Singularity: How to Survive in a Post-Human Era, Vernor Vinge 27. Aliens in the Fourth Dimension, Gwyneth Jones 28. Technofetishism and the Uncanny Desires of A.S.F.R. (alt.sex.fetish.robots), Allison de Fren 29. Animal Alterity: Science Fiction and Human-Animal Studies, Sherryl Vint Recommended Further Reading Part V: Race and the Legacy of Colonialism 30. Science Fiction and Empire, Istvan Csicsery-Ronay 31. Further Considerations on Afrofuturism, Kodwo Eshun 32. Indigenous Scientific Literacies in Nalo Hopkinson's Ceremonial Worlds, Grace Dillon 33. Biotic Invasions: Ecological Imperialism in New Wave Science Fiction, Rob Latham 34. Alien/Asian: Imaging the Racialized Future, Stephen Hong Sohn 35. A Report from Planet Midnight, Nalo Hopkinson 36. Future Histories and Cyborg Labor: Reading Borderlands Science Fiction after NAFTA, Lysa Rivera Recommended Further Reading Index
Rob Latham is an independent scholar based in the USA. Winner of the Science Fiction Research Association's Thomas D. Clareson award for distinguished service to the field, he is editor of the journal Science Fiction Studies and of The Oxford Handbook of Science Fiction (2014), co-editor of The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction (2010) and author of Consuming Youth: Vampires, Cyborgs and the Culture of Consumption (2002). For two decades, he was a senior editor of the journal Science Fiction Studies.