Nonfiction

The Unsilent Library

“He’s Not the Messiah: undermining political and religious authority in new Doctor Who”

In The Unsilent Library: Essays on the Russell T Davies Era of new Doctor Who, ed. Simon Bradshaw, Tony Keen and Graham Sleight

“The return of Doctor Who to regular TV production after many years of absence has proven to be one of the BBC’s greatest successes of the last decade. To a great extent this is down to the distinctive re-invention of the programme by its chief writer and executive producer, Russell T Davies, and the group of writers – many, like him, long-term Who fans – he assembled. The Unsilent Library examines the storytelling style and techniques of the first five years of the New Doctor Who. Ten in-depth critical essays explore how its writers have updated a series with a history stretching back five decades to stand in the forefront of contemporary science fiction drama.”

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“The Exercise of Vital Powers”

In 80! Memories & Reflections on Ursula K. Le Guin, ed. Karen Joy Fowler and Debbie Notkin

A personal reflection on Ursula K. Le Guin’s novel Powers for a Festschrift volume celebrating her 80th birthday.

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Impossible Worlds, Impossible Things


“Introduction: Fifty Not Out – The Doctor’s Enduring Appeal”

In Impossible Worlds, Impossible Things: Cultural Perspectives on Doctor Who, Torchwood, and The Sarah Jane Adventures, ed. Ross P. Garner, Melissa Beattie, and Una McCormack

“The successful regeneration of Doctor Who in the twenty-first century has sparked unprecedented popular success and renewed interest within the academy. The ten essays assembled in this volume draw on a variety of critical approaches from cultural theory to audience studies, to classical reception and musicology to form a wide-ranging interdisciplinary discussion of Doctor Who, classic and new, and its spin-off series, Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures. With additional contributions from Andrew Pixley, Robert Shearman, Barnaby Edwards, and Matt Hills, the volume is intended to be accessible to everyone, from interested academics in relevant fields to the general public.”

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British Science Fiction Television

“Resist the Host: Blake’s 7 – a very British future”

In British Science Fiction Television: A Hitchhiker’s Guide, ed. John R. Cook and Peter Wright

“British science fiction shows have delighted audiences worldwide with their distinctive visions of the future. This pioneering book, written by leading writers in the field, gives for the first time a detailed national survey of this well-loved British TV genre. Designed to appeal to students and fans alike, British Science Fiction Television offers a thought-provoking and accessible read for those interested in science fiction, television history and their respective relationships to wider media, culture and society.”

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