American science fiction writers

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  • Monomyth In Bester's The Stars My Destination

    To be a woman in the 25th Century world of Alfred Bester’s The Stars My Destination is to lead an inherently dangerous and confined existence. In it, jaunting–an act more or less equivalent to teleporting–has made women into something of a protected class in the face of the looming threat of sexual assault. Many, such as Jisbella McQueen and Olivia Presteign, express, in their own divergent ways, a dissatisfaction with this existence, and seek to either overtly or in secret defy its confines. There are, however, greater and more wide-reaching confines on womanhood ingrained not in the world of the novel itself, but in the framework which defines it: the monomyth. The monomyth, first defined by American mythologist and writer Joseph Campbell in The Hero with a Thousand Faces, is a narrative pattern, widely found in human myths, legends, and religious fables, in which the hero is “called to an adventure, crosses the threshold to an unknown world to endure tests and trials, and usually returns with a boon that benefits his fellows” (qtd. Palumbo 333). Closer examination of this model, which generally confines women to one or a blend of two roles: goddess or temptress, reveals exclusion of women not only from a wider degree of involvement in the narrative, including the central role of hero, but also from the degree of psychological complexity regularly afforded him. Consequently, for Jisbella and Olivia, their evolution as characters is within the confines of these predefined…

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  • Kindred In African American Literature

    According to Robert F. Reid-Pharr, “There is perhaps no strong impetus within the study of Black American literature and culture than the will to return, the desire to name the original, the source, the root, that seminal moment at which the many-tongued diversity of ancient West Africa gave way to the monolingualism of black North America” (135). Often this journey happens in black literature. Since the Emancipation Proclamation, former slaves, and occasionally non-slave abolitionists, have…

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  • Ray Bradbury Research Paper

    Bradbury became one of the most honored American authors in the genres of fantasy, horror, science fiction, and mystery. In the 1950’s many authors were writing motivational novels, but not Bradbury. His desire for fantasy, horror, science fiction, and mystery set him aside from other authors and he was widely noticed. “When people asked about the purpose of his novels, Bradbury responded, ‘I don't try to describe the future. I try to prevent it’” (“Ray Bradbury” Encyclopedia). Ray Bradbury was…

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  • Ray Bradbury And Harrison Bergeron Analysis

    What will be humanity’s next step? This question has been addressed by every science fiction writer in the genre’s history. The predictions made by these writers in their fiction are usually based upon the current state of politics in the time in which they are writing, with some of the most famous works coming in the time following World War II at the height of the Cold War. Some write of a bright future, where all of the world’s nations have unified into one government and humans have become…

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  • Kurt Vonnegut Literary Criticism

    Kurt Vonnegut is one of the most influential American novelists of the twentieth century who has brought about a phenomenal distinction in literature. Most of the writers have written only in a particular concept or genre, but Kurt Vonnegut has imprinted his undeniable mark in science fiction with humor, social commentary with absurdity and so on. Kurt Vonnegut has written fourteen novels, three short story collections, five plays, and five works of non-fiction. His works are occupied with…

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  • There Will Come Soft Rains Essay

    Reality with Ray Bradbury Sometimes reality is too hard to bear, it is unfair, or it is just plain simply unsatisfying. Current situations can be disappointing, leading people to seek comfort in other areas or aspects in life. Usually seeking an answer as to how it is that they ended up where they are, or what they could have done differently to have gotten a better life. Often fantasizing as to how great things could have been if people would respect one another or were treated equally with…

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  • Colonialism And Culture In Midnight's Children By Amitav Ghosh

    Abstract: Most of the novels written after the publication of Midnight’s Children deals with the aspect which focuses on national history cutting across personal narratives. Most of the writers are deracinated from their roots: familial, cultural, national, religious and linguistics and therefore use polyphonic form to explore their past. It comes as no surprise to find that Amitav Ghosh is a writer concerned with India’s place in larger international cultural networks, whose fiction seems…

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  • Reality In Paranoid Fiction

    Paranoid fiction shows the manipulative nature of reality and how it can be altered by powerful forces. These forces can be a governing body, such as a dictatorship or communist government, or they can be an internal situation, such as a character's mental instability or refusal to accept the harshness of the world he or she is in. Unlike speculative fiction, paranoid fiction is written in a way so as to imply that the story may only be a delusion of the characters, instead of treating it as an…

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  • Sentimental Fiction Analysis

    Paranormal sentimental fiction is a sub-kind of both sentimental fiction and theoretical fiction. Paranormal sentiment concentrates on sentimental love and incorporates components past the scope of logical conviction, combining subjects from the theoretical fiction classifications of imagination, sci-fi, and loathsomeness. Paranormal sentiment may shift from customary classification sentiments, for example, those distributed by Harlequin Mills and Boon, with an extraordinary setting to stories…

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  • Analysis Of William Gibson's Neuromancer

    William Gibson is an American-Canadian writer who has had a very successful career. Gibson has built an impressive list of accolades including creating a science-fiction subgenre known as cyberpunk, creating the term cyberspace, and being the first author to win the science fiction “triple crown”--the Nebula Award, the Philip K. Dick Award, and the Hugo Award. What’s even more impressive is the fact that Gibson was able to accomplish all of this with one novel, Neuromancer. Published in 1984,…

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