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No Cure for the Future: Disease and Medicine in Science by Gary Westfahl,George Slusser

By Gary Westfahl,George Slusser

Speculations approximately new clinical advances were a very important element of technological know-how fiction for the reason that its origins within the nineteenth century, while such novels as Frankenstein and The Island of Dr. Moreau supplied strong mythic pictures of medical professionals with godlike talents to create and rework human lifestyles. This ebook is the 1st full-length research of the speculative literature of drugs, with contributions via technological know-how fiction novelists and a number of other famous students. Chapters study how technology fiction tales have commented on and encouraged the scientific institutions of the prior and current. however the quantity additionally considers the unusually marginalized prestige of clinical technological know-how fiction, concluding that the doctor's conventional concentrate on retaining the well-being of the human physique conflicts at a basic point with the genre's wish to go beyond the human body.

The first part offers wide surveys of the background of clinical technology fiction, starting from 19th-century classics to significant movies of the Nineteen Nineties. the second one bargains designated examinations of vital texts and sequence, together with man de Maupassant's Le Horla, George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, James White's region normal tales, the Alien motion pictures, and the Terminator motion pictures. A concluding bibliography lists greater than 500 technological know-how fiction and delusion novels, tales, movies, and tv courses concerning disorder and medication in addition to appropriate nonfiction works and demanding studies.

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