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.
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