Science fiction's impact on popular culture has been striking. Yet sf's imaginative texts often baffle or dismay readers trained to enjoy only the literary or canonical'. Reading by Starlight explores those characteristics in the writing, marketing and reception of science fiction which distinguish it as a mode. Damien Broderick analyses the postmodern self-referentiality of the science fiction narrative, its intricate coded language and discursive encyclopaedia'.He shows how, for rich understanding, sf readers must learn the codes and vernacular of these imaginary worlds while absorbing the lived in futures' generated by the overlapping intertexts of many sf writers. Reading by Starlight includes close readings of cyberpunk and other postmodern texts, and writings by such sf novelists and theorists as Brian Aldiss, Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Delany, William Gibson, Fredric Jameson, Patrick Parrinder, Kim Stanley Robinson, Vivian Sobchack, Michael Swanwick and John Varley.
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