The Science Fiction Reboot: Canon, Innovation and Fandom in Refashioned Franchises

In this 2013 book from McFarland, I use narrative theory to examine recent science fiction reboots such as Battlestar Galactica and Star Trek as complex fan experiences that occur at many levels of engagement both with the stories and the media institutions that produce them.

Follow this link for a preview of the analysis that was included in the Proceedings from Speculative Frontiers: Reading, Seeing, Being, Going, a Mini-Conference on Science Fiction (held as part of Renovation, the 69th World Science Fiction Convention, August 2011 in Reno, Nevada). Or you can download the PDF of the Proceeedings right from here.

Follow this link for more information from McFarland on how to purchase The Science Fiction Reboot.

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Dedication Page of The Science Fiction Reboot

12 comments on “The Science Fiction Reboot: Canon, Innovation and Fandom in Refashioned Franchises

  1. […] have presented early versions of both Writing and the Digital Generation and The Science Fiction Reboot at the PCA/ACA Convention in the past and really enjoy this conference. No matter your area of […]

  2. […] left ever since: Composition and Rhetoric. All of my current composition work and the basis for Science Fiction Reboot can be traced to that single impulsive decision and I’m beyond grateful that I have this physical […]

  3. […] The Science Fiction Reboot, I describe the experience of what I call the “headturning moment” as “a reaction generated […]

  4. […] the Digital Generation, were directly inspired by World Cons and I tested and refined the ideas in Reboot at several others. The pros who attend these events, from Greg Bear to David Brin to John Scalzi to […]

  5. […] was rebooted in 2003. I’ve written about my ambivalence before (both in On the Verge of Tears and Science Fiction Reboot), so I won’t repeat myself […]

  6. […] also a Reboot?” I extend the analysis of the viewing order of the Star Wars saga I started in The Science Fiction Reboot to include the fan-generated idea of the “machete version,” which tells the […]

  7. […] Science Fiction Reboot page here includes links and details about the analysis and conclusions I come to in the book about reboots […]

  8. […] I argue in The Science Fiction Reboot, a more conventional explanation for changes to canon in reboots is that it allows for changes and […]

  9. […] argued before (see The Science Fiction Reboot) that the conventional view of reboots and franchises as evidence of Hollywood being “lazy” or […]

  10. […] thing that became clear for me while doing the research for The Science Fiction Reboot is that fans do not always wield the power of canon with an accompanying level of responsibility (or […]

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