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Ecocritical Explorations in Literary and Cultural Studies

In Ecocritical Explorations, Patrick D. Murphy explores environmental literature and environmental cultural issues through both theoretical and applied criticism. He engages with the concepts of referentiality, simplicity, the nation state, and virtual reality in the first section of the book, and then goes on to interrogate these issues in contemporary environmental literature, both American and international. He concludes his argument with a discussion of the larger frames of family dynamics and un-natural disasters, such as hurricanes and global warming, ending with a chapter on the integration of scholarship and pedagogy in the classroom, with reference to his own teaching experiences. Murphy’s study provides a wide ranging discussion of contemporary literature and cultural phenomena through the lens of ecological literary criticism, giving attention to both theoretical issues and applied critiques. In particular, he looks at popular literary genres, such as mystery and science fiction, as well as actual disasters and disaster scenarios. Ecocritical Explorations in Literary and Cultural Studies is a timely contribution to ecological literary criticism and an insightful look into how we represent our relationship with the environment.

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Science Fiction in the Real World

No ordinary critic, Norman Spinrad explicates, celebrates, and sometimes excoriates science fiction from the privileged perspective of an artist armed with intimate knowledge of the craft of fiction and even of the writers themselves.

In these 13 essays, Spinrad urges science fiction as a genre to reach its potential. He divides the essays—new works written specifically for this book combined with those that appeared in Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine—into five sections: “Literature and Genre: A Critical Overview,” in which Spinrad establishes his critical standards; “Alternate Media: Visual Translations,” a discussion of comic books and books made into movies; “Modes of Content: Hard SF, Cyberpunk, and the Space Visionaries”; “Psychopolitics and Science Fiction: Heroes—True and Otherwise”; and “Masters of the Form: Careers in Profile,” discussions of Sturgeon, Vonnegut, Ballard, and Dick.

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Nano Contestant – Episode 3: Combat Obstacles

 EPISODE 3 – Combat Obstacles
Determination forged in combat is its purest form.

Game One of the Tech Games is pushing the limits of even extra-human capabilities.  Roland must face the longest and most dangerous obstacle course in existence, if he wants a chance at uncovering evidence against the ruthless Pinnacle Corporation to save his father.

With 20 story rope climbs, 70 mph escalators, 100 foot free dives, and a strongman event, will Roland’s homegrown nanotech be able to keep up with the other cutting edge contestants?  Roland and his tiny team will have to dig deeper than they ever thought possible as they try to find solutions on the fly for overcoming these harrowing obstacles.

Weapons are authorized!  Episode 3 adds another method for the contestants to dish out even more brutal punishments than before: futuristic weapons.  Roland unleashes his carbon alloy weapon, using his mind to uniquely shape it for every situation.

There’s more than just the race!  Skylar’s latest plugin puts Roland undercover in Pinnacle’s most secure facility.  One false move on this clandestine operation will most certainly put Roland in a small cell with Pinnacle only too happy to throw away the key.

About the NANO CONTESTANT SERIES (Episode 3 of 9 Serialized Episodes):

In 2114, Pinnacle Corporation, the world’s largest tech company, hosts the Tech Games to showcase the world’s latest technology.  The contestants must  battle it out in brutal games to ultimately win a $100 million prize!  

These digital and hybrid athletes must use everything at their disposal in order to take that prize and all of its glory in the Tech Games.

Hacking, firewalls and electronic countermeasures are all being used by each contestant while running and fighting at top speed.  It’s all on the line, because nothing is being left on the table!

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The Formulas of Popular Fiction

"Anna Faktorovich has written an impressive study of genre writing. It is comprehensively informative and enticing on an intellectual level and simultaneously encouraging and useful to those embarking on a writing career. Formulaic authorship is not as creatively rewarding as producing Lolita or King Lear, but those future Luke Skywalkers and Harry Potters will pay the rent."–Robert Hauptman, editor, Journal of Information Ethics.
This book creates a taxonomy for the major bestselling fictional genres: romance (e.g., authors Heyer, Cartland, Woodiwiss and Roberts), religious and inspirational (Corelli and Douglas), mystery and detective (Conan Doyle, Christie and Mankell), and science fiction, horror and fantasy (Wells, Tolkien, Orwell, Niven, King and Rowling). Chapters look at a genre from its roots to its most recent works. The structural patterns in the plot, characters and setting of these genres are then explained.
The book also provides a critique of currently popular hyper-formulaic, hack, unliterary writings that have multiplied in recent decades. Special topics such as the publishing oligopoly and the resulting homogeneity among bestselling works and the steady movement from literary to unliterary fiction are also examined.