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Department
English
Course
English 2071F/G
Professor
M.Jane Toswell
Semester
Fall

Description
Accelerando  10/01/2012 ▯ Hard SF = use of actual science within the writing  Things that will happen in science in the very near future  Use of this is harder on the reader; Prepared to read sci fi but not prepared to sift through details Accuracy issue; you have to be right about writing about science otherwise reader is stuck wondering if they  want to read incorrect Sci Fi  Accelerando is this.    ▯ Is Accelerando space opera?  Space opera as a play on soap operas  Classic space opera = Star Wars  Everything in book is larger than life; soap opera structure  Dying earth, apocalyptic Transhumans ▯ Novel sold as nine chapters, several of which were nominated for big awards  ▯  Cyberpunk  Most well known/important text = Neuromancer by William Gibson  Man & machine interface How to get the biological world of the human body (Meatware) with the exciting world of technology  Charles Stross  D&D player  University of London student; trained as a pharmacist Realized this might not be the best after cops used his shop to track criminals  U of Bradford; did a conversion degree in computer science Wrote column on Linux; lost job; went back to freelance journalism and writing fiction  Hugo Award Hugo Gernsback  Scientist who came over to America Started in 1953; oldest science fiction award  The Oscars of Science Fiction  Voted on by members of the World Science Fiction Convention Up to 2000 people voting Nebula Awards A smaller voting pool; just Sci Fi writers of America  Locus Awards   James Tiptree Jr.  Alice B. Shelder  Intertextuality
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