Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction

Challenging Genres

  • P. L. Thomas

Part of the Critical Literacy Teaching Series book series (LITE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. P. L. Thomas
    Pages 1-13
  3. P. L. Thomas
    Pages 15-33
  4. Michael Svec, Mike Winiski
    Pages 35-57
  5. Aaron Passell
    Pages 59-72
  6. John Hoben
    Pages 95-117
  7. Leila E. Villaverde, Roymieco A. Carter
    Pages 119-131
  8. Erin Brownlee Dell
    Pages 133-144
  9. Sean P. Connors
    Pages 145-164
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 217-218

About this book


Why did Kurt Vonnegut shun being labeled a writer of science fiction (SF)? How did Margaret Atwood and Ursula K. Le Guin find themselves in a public argument about the nature of SF? This volume explores the broad category of SF as a genre, as one that challenges readers, viewers, teachers, and scholars, and then as one that is often itself challenged (as the authors in the collection do). SF, this volume acknowledges, is an enduring argument. The collected chapters include work from teachers, scholars, artists, and a wide range of SF fans, offering a powerful and unique blend of voices to scholarship about SF as well as examinations of the place for SF in the classroom. Among the chapters, discussions focus on SF within debates for and against SF, the history of SF, the tensions related to SF and other genres, the relationship between SF and science, SF novels, SF short fiction, SF film and visual forms (including TV), SF young adult fiction, SF comic books and graphic novels, and the place of SF in contemporary public discourse. The unifying thread running through the volume, as with the series, is the role of critical literacy and pedagogy, and how SF informs both as essential elements of liberatory and democratic education.


critical literacy critical pedagogy speculative fiction teaching science fiction

Editors and affiliations

  • P. L. Thomas
    • 1
  1. 1.Furman UniversityGreenvilleUSA

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