Please note: This is a new edition of a previously announced text.
The language of science fiction, and of fantasy, has a steep challenge: that
of the creation of other worlds, societies and characters that are alien to us in
diverse and fundamental ways, but still compelling and knowable. This
exciting book steps away from the issues of race, gender and politics that
have saturated sci-fi and fantasy criticism. Rather, it challenges two widely
held but poorly substantiated beliefs circulating about science fiction and
fantasy - that they are a) written in plain and unremarkable prose and b) apt to
present characters that are flat types rather than fully realised individuals.
Mandala draws on traditional syntactic categories of stylistic analysis as well
as the relatively more recent pragmatic and sociolinguistic paradigms such
that the original analyses here take our understanding of these two genres
beyond the usual confines, to consider how language is used to draw
alternative words, represent the far future and distant past, and create
psychologically believable characters.
Covering both British and American fiction and television, this is a wide-
ranging and perceptive book.
Contents: 1. Science Fiction and Fantasy: Language, Style, and the Critics \
2. Language Contact in Alternative World Texts: Experimental Future
Englishes \ 3. Representing the Past \ 4. Extraordinary Worlds in Plain
Language \ 5. Style and Character \ 6. Style in Alternative World Texts:
Conclusion \ Notes \ Primary Sources \ References \ Index