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Locating Science Fiction$
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Andrew Milner

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781846318429

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317804

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Memories of Dan Dare

Memories of Dan Dare

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(p.1) 1 Memories of Dan Dare
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Locating Science Fiction
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846317804.001

This chapter begins with a brief reconstruction of the author's own personal encounter with science fiction (SF), derived from a combination of memory and archive. It then considers the widespread tendency in work on ‘popular fiction’ to assimilate SF to the western, the thriller and the romance, as different varieties of ‘genre fiction’. This is followed by a discussion of whether there is anything to learn about SF in general from the author's encounter with Colonel Dan Dare, the fictional Mancunian, born seventeen years after him, who grew up to become Chief Pilot of Spacefleet.

Keywords:   science fiction, genre, popular fiction, Colonel Dan Dare

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