Plagues, Apocalypses, and Bug-Eyed Monsters: How Speculative Fiction Shows Us Our Nightmares

This bibliographic study examines the symbiosis between speculative fiction and contemporary public discourse, working at the intersection of fictional texts and mainstream media debates regarding such issues as genetic research and governmental surveillance. It establishes the Nightmares Model that breaks the genre’s cautionary tales into three primary categories: Science and Technology; Power; and The Unknown.

To learn more about the analysis and conclusions in this book, you can watch a streaming video of my 2010 episode of Central Authors, a production of the CCSU Bookstore.

Plagues, Apocalypses, and Bug-Eyed Monsters is one of only six general genre-related nonfiction books mentioned in the Year’s Best Science Fiction: The Twenty-Fifth Annual Collection, covering 2007, edited by Gardner Dozios.

Follow this link to learn more about this book currently available through McFarland Publishers.


3 comments on “Plagues, Apocalypses, and Bug-Eyed Monsters: How Speculative Fiction Shows Us Our Nightmares

  1. […] as I headed to campus to teach at the start of the spring 2010 semester. Just as it was with Plagues, I hadn’t received any notice that the books were about to be shipped and so the sight was a […]

  2. […] the way in which that convention (specifically Greg Bear’s Guest of Honor speech) inspired my first book and that the idea for Writing and the Digital Generation was also sparked at a later World Con […]

  3. […] con-runners who organize conventions like the World Science Fiction Convention. My first two books, Plagues and Writing and the Digital Generation, were directly inspired by World Cons and I tested and […]

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