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91: The Time Machine by H.G Wells
... Herbert George Wells was born in 1866 in Bromley, Kent, a few miles from London, the son of a house-maid and gardener. Wells died in 1946, a wealthy and famous author, having seen science fiction become a recognized literary form and having seen the world realize some of science fiction's fondest dreams and worst fears. Wells mother attempted to find him a safe occupation as a draper or chemist. Wells had a quick mind and a good memory that enabled him to pass subjects ... was exposed to biology under the famous Thomas H. Huxley. Wells went into teaching and writing text books and articles for the magazines that were of that time. In 1894 he began to write science-fiction stories. -James Gunn Wells vision of the future, with its troglodytic Morlocks descended from the working class of his day and the pretty but helpless Eloi devolved from the leisure class, may seem antiquated ...
92: Frankenstein
... often prevails, and according to literary scholars, elevated these horror stories into Gothic sublime (Bernstein 333). Specifically, the Gothic sublime symbolizes a black hole which finally absorbs history into its own emptiness (Bernstein 333). Gothic fiction is, quite simply, man taking a walk on the dark side. There is, undeniably, no novel which epitomizes the popular Gothic structure more than Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley s early 19th-century masterpiece, Frankenstein (actually entitled ... to write each a story founded on some supernatural occurrence (2). While the familiar castle may have been missing from the story itself, a castle setting and the telling of ghost stories inspired the science fiction foray into the supernatural. There is also a proper setting for a Gothic tale, and if there is no castle, there is usually a thunderstorm to inspire terror. It was one particular thunderstorm which ignited ... were responsible for the subject matter of these dreams -- usually a presumed-dead woman, who, it is hoped by her suitor, will be miraculously brought back to life with his kiss (Pitcher 35). As literary fiction critic E.W. Pitcher noted, One can argue for... Gothic fragments that the dream-death-stasis was also the expedient retreat of innocence from the awareness of sexual appetite, and the differentiating attraction to ...
93: Shockwave Rider
There are numerous books on the science fiction market, that deal with the myriad of possibilities involving the technology of the future. John Brunner s book, Shockwave Rider, is one of the most popular, as well as one of the most famous, books ... incredibly tense, and almost plausible today. The space that the author deals with is filled with endless bits of information (information overload to be more precise), corporate domination, and it appears, just like many science fiction books that deal with the planet earth in the future, everything is known about everyone. there are no secrets from the system. Brunner illustrates this as a reality that is not necessarily very desirable. He ... would not like to exist in such a world. Brunner is clearly indicating that such a world wide datanet would not be desirable at all. these are very real possibilities and as any good science fiction writer knows, the future is often illustrated as it might be, in an attempt to help eliminate the possibility. The good science fiction writer examines all of the possibilities and often finds the most ...
94: Frankenstein: Technology
... Rankin 42). Science provided in the novel provided that authority, creating a foundation story in what the English culture current with Mary Shelley would have taken as real world possibility. The rhetoric of science in fiction is not merely a modern overlay on storytelling, nor is it employed, except fortuitously, to convey newly discovered information about the world. Once upon a time fiction, which obviously is not true, took its authority form the Muse: at other times from the Bible. Neither of these sources of authority would do for Shelley, but authority has always to be found somewhere ... about what is to come. Shelley's tale of horror is a profound insight of the consequences of morally insensitive scientific and technological research. Works Cited Asimov, Isaac. "The Scientist as Villian." Asimov on Science Fiction. New York: Granada, 1983. 65-68. Brooks, Peter. "Godlike Science/ Unhallowed Arts: Language and Monstrosity in Frankenstein." New Literary History (Spring 1978) 591-605 Fellman, Gordon. "The Truths of Frankenstein: Technologism and Images of ...
95: Ray Bradbury
... or topics will want to consult the helpful chronolgy complied by William F. Nolan for the 1973 Doubleday & Co., Inc. education of The Martian Chronicles. As a partical matter, consideration here is limited primarily to fiction available to the general reader. Though this qualification includes the vast bulk of Bradbury's output, certain stories not included in the major collections, as well as Bradbury's nonfiction, are either not mentioned at ... is. The demands of the commercial marketplace and the need to confine a popular writer and his within an easy recognizable image have resulted in Bradbury's being jammed uncomfortably into a box labeled "Science Fiction". No definition of science fiction exists that pleases everybody, and even if it did, to apply it casually to the work of Ray Brabdbury would be inaccurate and unfair. H.G. Wells, whom many regard as a classical science ...
96: Comparison Between Virginia Wo
Their respective essays Tradition And The Individual Talent and Modern Fiction serve only to underline the tremendous difference in the views of Eliot and Woolf with regard to literary tradition and the role of the artist. Eliot sees it as being incumbent upon the artist to ... in terms of the earlier alchemists and their somewhat romantic mystical aura rather than some cold clinical experiment. This attitude again presupposes the poet in the role of a catalyst. Woolf s ideas in Modern Fiction are the antithesis of those of Eliot. She begins by suggesting, it is difficult not to take it for granted that the modern practice of the art is somehow an improvement upon the old. Perhaps ... patterns through which people in a society experience the world. Different societies, he says, have different cultures. But on the other hand there is the more common meaning of culture , simply donating the arts, including fiction. In A Room Of One s Own, it can be suggested that Woolf is concerned with both meaning of culture, as in getting culture and being cultured she connects these two meanings through the ...
97: Edgar Allen Poe
... regretting the decision. After his expulsion he entered a contest sponsored by the Baltimore Saturday Visitor. His story “MS. Found in a Bottle” “was considered to be the one of the world’s first science fiction stories, he won both the $50 prize and acclaim for its 24-year-old author.” (Internet source) He would then work at several different editorials, none of which really worked out for him. His dream ... made Edgar Allen Poe? Through his lifetime many different misfortunes and disasters would strike him. All of these would shape him and his writing to what we now associate as the father of modern diabolic fiction. (Internet source) The first of the tragedies to plague him would be the abandonment by his father. He would grow never knowing who his real father was. His father had left his family when Edgar ... at times he was slightly romantic (with a satanic sort of twist). None the less his poems, stories, and tales all fell into different varieties. He was said to be the father of all diabolic fiction and the writer of the first science fiction story. The different categories that his writings fell into were Romanticism, Gothicism, symbolism Decadence, and Surrealism. All in all what ever it was that sparked his ...
98: Lady Lazarus
... a patriarchal world. Lady Audley evokes a fear of women’s independence and sexuality. As a popular Victorian genre that trades on the power of the secret and frequently sexualized sins of its heroines, sensation fiction provides a resourceful perspective on the contradiction that frame these villainous victims who are simultaneously diseased, depraved, and socially and economically oppressed (Bernstein, 73). Lady Audley’s ability to control the men in her life ... Robert Audley openly challenges Lady Audley with deceiving her husband about her past, she responds by threatening to charge him with madness. The fact that such a threat could be seriously entertained shows how far fiction had gone to accept the contemporary social concern about the mismanagement of the laws dealing with the insane (Reed, 205). Another part of the book that deals with madness occurs towards the end. Before Robert ... seemingly no real purpose in the novel turns out to be the key to unlocking the whole plot. This technique was very popular in Victorian mystery. By using the elements of both melodrama and mystery fiction, Mary Elizabeth Braddon was able to create her most famous work of her long lasted career, Lady Audley’s Secret. Her ability to construe a mystery and keep the reader involved in her work ...
99: Patterns In Hemingway And Camu
Once we knew that literature was about life and criticism was about fiction--and everything was simple. Now we know that fiction is about other fiction, is criticism in fact, or metaphor. And we know that criticism is about the impossibility of anything being about life, really, or even about fiction, or finally about anything. Criticism has taken the very ...
100: Mrs Dalloway
... kinds of rhythmic structures as well, but in very different contexts. Indeed, Woolf consciously draws influence across diverse media in her quest to ``[throw] away the method...in use at the moment'' (Woolf, ``Character in Fiction'' 432). Robin Gail Schulze points to Woolf's use of tonal music to show how she breaks with literary tradition in her novels, but she concludes that ``Mrs. Dalloway, by Woolf's definition, remains a ... his ``not having a sense of proportion'' (96). Unfortunately for him, Septimus understands that ``the observing scientist-god, outside the system and predicting/controlling with the useful tools of lawfulness and determinism, is an archaic fiction within the new narratives of chaos'' (Stockton 49). Septimus will not submit to the Doctors' authority (``What power had Bradshaw over him?'' 147), he will not adhere to the fixed and eternal referentiality of language ... 2 (1992): 5-22. Stockton, Sharon. ``Turbulence in the Text: Narrative Complexity in Mrs. Dalloway.'' New Orleans Review 18:1 (1991): 46-55. Webb, Caroline. ``Life After Death: The Allegorical Progress of Mrs. Dalloway.'' Modern Fiction Studies 40:2 (1994): 279-298. Woolf, Virginia. Mrs. Dalloway. San Diego, New York, London: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1925. --.The Diary of Virginia Woolf: Volume Two, 1920-1924. Ed. Anne Oliver Bell. New York ...

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