by Isaac Bell, Issue Editor —I wasn’t aware of the danger when I sat down to dinner with friends at the end of our two-week writing workshop...
by Douglas McKinney — In sum, James Gunn’s Ad Astra presents you with thirteen Featured Selections dealing with a broad spectrum of themes centered on communication and information. Just as I did when reading these works for the first time, I hope you will find within them plenty to think about.
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By Sheila Finch These are the sources referenced in Sheila Finch's "Fantastic Journeys of the Mythic Kind by Sheila Finch ." Benford, G. (1987). Great sky river. New York: Bantam. Benford, G. (1989). Tides of light. New York: Bantam. Campbell, J. (1949). The hero with a thousand faces. N.J.: Princeton University Press. Clement, H. (1954). [...]
By Jean Asselin These are the articles referenced in Jean Asselin's "Human Evolution As a Framework for the Themes of Science Fiction." Antón, S. C., & Swisher, C. C., III. (2004). Early dispersals of Homo from Africa. Annual Review of Anthropology, 33, 271-296. Barthell, R. J. (1971). SF: A literature of ideas. Extrapolation, 13, 56-63. [...]
by Victor Grech, et al. — Mutation in the Science Fiction (SF) genre is viewed with revulsion as it results in strange beings, threatening monsters and alien others. Infertility is a common problem, worldwide, that will eventually affect up to a third of couples. This paper will discuss the role of mutation in nature and provide an overview of mutations resulting in infertility in SF. The science behind some of the narratives will be explained while extrapolations that exceed reasonable poetic license will be pointed out.
by Sheila Finch — Much of the best science fiction draws on mythic themes and tropes, sometimes consciously on the part of the author, to apply this wisdom to its dreams about tomorrow. In doing so, science fiction acknowledges that while the environment we find ourselves in may change, the element that makes us human will not. This paper concentrates on one core myth, the Hero’s fantastic journey, as it is used or referred to in science fiction from Jules Verne to the recent work of Mary Doria Russell.
by Jean Asselin — This article integrates previous discussions of theme into a system to classify the literature of Science Fiction (SF). Its aim is to provide a set of tools by which themes are: (1) used to communicate the relevance of SF; (2) organized under a structure that distinguishes SF themes from SF subgenres; (3) applied to categorize SF literature in databases, thus enabling further quantitative research such as trends analysis or gender issues; and (4) recognized as future speculation on ancient concerns stemming from humanity’s evolution as a species.
by Jacqueline Seewald — An expert in the language of DNA strives for perfection.
by WC Roberts — Information floats on a current of knowledge that extends to the stars.