Deconstructing the Starships

BookDeconstructing the Starships

Deconstructing the Starships

Essays and Review

Liverpool Science Fiction Texts and Studies, 16


April 1st, 1999

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The subject matter of this collection is varied, but displays Jones’ stance as a practising SF writer and a feminist; the writing is characterised by both an incisive engagement with the texts and a refusal to dress that engagement in jargon. This very readable book provides insight into the work of one of our most interesting writers and presents strong – sometimes even subversive – views of a range of modern SF and fantasy.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Title Page3
I: All Science is Description9
Introduction: Deconstructing The Starships11
1: Getting Rid of the Brand Names17
2: The Lady and the Scientists30
3: Dreamer: An Exercise in Extrapolation 1989-201943
4: My Crazy Uncles: C.S. Lewis and Tolkien as Writers for Children68
II: Science, Fiction and Reality83
5: Fools: The Neuroscience of Cyberspace85
6: Trouble (Living in the Machine)99
7: Sex: The Brains of Female Hyena Twins107
8: Aliens in the Fourth Dimension116
III: The Reviews129
9: In the Chinks of the World Machine: Sarah Lefanu on Feminist SF131
10: Consider Her Ways: The Fiction of C.J. Cherryh139
11: Alien Sex: Ellen Datlow’s Overview of the SF Orgasm149
12: The Boys Want to be with the Boys: Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash154
13: Glory Season: David Brin’s Feminist Utopia161
14: Virtual Light: A Shocking Dose of Comfort and Joy from William Gibson164
15: Return to the Age of Wonder: John Barnes’s A Million Open Doors169
16: Winterlong: Elizabeth Hand at the End of the World176
17: Plague of Angels: The Fiction of Sheri Tepper186
18: The Furies: Suzy Charnas Beyond the End of the World192
19: Alien Influences: Kristine Kathryn Rusch in the Dark200
20: No Man’s Land: Feminised Landscapes in the Utopian Fiction of Ursula Le Guin207