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Vol. 39 — Myths, Metaphors, and Science Fiction

by Sheila Finch

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"This welcome discussion of the connections between future fiction and stories about human inception emphasizes how mythic roots contribute to the emotional power of narrative. Finch investigates the inexplicable awe and wonder that emanates from close encounters between myth and science fiction. This juxtaposition emphatically indicates that science fiction is the predominant mythic metaphor of our time.”
—Marleen S. Barr

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When reading Sheila Finch’s Myths, Metaphors and Science Fiction: Ancient Roots of the Literature of the Future, one wonders if she underwent her own Heroine’s Journey during the writing. There is a progression of knowledge within this book that takes the reader deeper and deeper into the labyrinthine maze of the vast body of science fiction.... As a reader, the list of must-reads this book has generated for me is extensive. I’d recommend this book to those first approaching the idea of myth and metaphor within science fiction, those well versed in it, those who want an intelligent, well-researched read, and those who are looking for artistic exploration. A highly enjoyable, thought-provoking read. (read the whole review)
—Alicia Cole, Tangent Online, June 2014

ISBN: 978-1-61976-055-4 (13 digit)
Publication Date: 2014
paperback 126 pages