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Deconstructing the StarshipsScience, Fiction and Reality$
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Gwyneth Jones

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780853237839

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780853237839.001.0001

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Dreamer: An Exercise in Extrapolation 1989–2019

Dreamer: An Exercise in Extrapolation 1989–2019

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Deconstructing the Starships

Gwyneth Jones


‘Dreamer: An Exercise in Extrapolation 1989-2019’ was first commissioned by British Telecom Information Technology Systems Division in 1988. Writing in the late 80s, the essay analyses the ways in which science fiction writing attempts to build a future based off what is known about the world from both the present and the past. To establish her argument, Jones references science fiction texts that discuss America’s imaginary future while drawing on it’s past, i.e. the Vietnam War. The essay concludes with the short story Dreamers.

Keywords:   English Literature, Literary Criticism, Science Fiction, Fantasy Writing, 20th Century Literature, Contemporary Literature, Science Fiction Short Stories, Futuristic Writing, Dystopian Narratives

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