The Cambridge Companion to American Science Fiction


The Cambridge Companion to American Science Fiction



The Cambridge Companion to American Science Fiction explores the relationship between the ideas and themes of American science fiction and their roots in the American cultural experience. Science fiction in America has long served to reflect the country's hopes, desires, ambitions, and fears. The ideas and conventions associated with science fiction are pervasive throughout American film and television, comics and visual arts, games and gaming, and fandom, as well as across the culture writ large. Through essays that address not only the history of science fiction in America but also the influence and significance of American science fiction throughout media and fan culture, this companion serves as a key resource for scholars, teachers, students, and fans of science fiction.



Publication Date



Cambridge University Press


New York


English Language and Literature


Table of Contents

1. The mightiest machine: the development of American science fiction from the 1920s to the 1960s, Gary Westfahl

2. Dangerous visions: new-wave and post-new-wave science fiction, Darren Harris-Fain

3. American science fiction after 9/11, David M. Higgins

4. Afrofuturism in American science fiction, Lisa Yaszek

5. Feminist and queer science fiction in America, Alexis Lothian

6. The futures market: American utopias, Mark Bould

7. American slipstream: science fiction and literary respectability, Rob Latham

8. Hollywood science fiction, Sherryl Vint

9. US superpower and superpowered Americans in science fiction and comic books, Matthew Costello

10. Digital games and science fiction, Patrick Jagoda

11. Fandom and fan culture, Karen Hellekson

12. American frontiers, John Rieder

13. Science, technology and the environment, Priscilla Wald

14. American weird, Roger Luckhurst

15. After America, Rebekah C. Sheldon.

The Cambridge Companion to American Science Fiction