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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Special Offer: Save 25%

TOF is excited. The collection Medieval Science Fiction, which contains TOF's essay "Discovering Eifelheim," is coming out at last! It's a hefty tome. Both the book and its price are measured in pounds! But you can get it for 25% off if you act now. 

There is also an essay by Vatican Astronomer Guy Consolmagno on medieval world-building and cosmology; essays on courtly love in Edgar Rice Burroughs; a study of Connie Willis' Doomsday Book; the medieval Dying Earth; and more. A TOC appears below.

The publisher's flier:


This volume brings two areas of study that have traditionally been kept apart into explosive contact. For the first time, it draws the historical literatures and cultures of the Middle Ages into the orbit of modern science fiction, aligning the cosmologies, technologies and wonders of the past with visions of the future. The essays it contains consider where, how and why “science” and “fiction” interact in medieval literature; they explore the ways in which works of modern science fiction illuminate medieval counterparts; and they also identify the presence and absence of the medieval past in science-fiction history and criticism. From the science and fictions of Beowulf to the medieval and post-medieval appearances of the Green Children of Woolpit; from time travel in the legend of the Seven Sleepers to the medievalism of Star Trek; from manmade marvels in medieval manuscripts to the blurring of medieval magic and futuristic technology in tales of the dying earth, the chapters repeatedly rethink the simplistic divides that have been set up between modern and pre-modern texts. They uncover striking resonances across time and space while also revealing how arguably the two most popular genres of today, science fiction and fantasy, have been constructed around conceptions, and misconceptions, of the Middle Ages.

CARL KEARS is currently based at King’s College London, where he teaches Old and Middle English Literature; 
JAMES PAZ is Lecturer in Early Medieval English Literature at the University of Manchester.

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£60.00/$99.00, June 2016
978 0 95398 388 9
9 colour illus.; 328pp,
23.4 x 15.6cm, HB
Kings College London Medieval Studies
King’s College London CLAMS
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Table of Contents
Foreword by James Hannam
1. Medieval Science Fiction: An Impossible Fantasy?
Carl Kears & James Paz
Science and Fiction in the ‘Dark Ages’
 2. Is Beowulf  Science Fiction?
 Daniel Anlezark
Time and Space Travel
3. The Future is a Foreign Country: The Legend of the Seven Sleepers and the Anglo-Saxon Sense of Past
 R.M. Liuzza
4. Untimely Travel: Living and Dying in Connie Willis’ Doomsday Book
Patricia Clare Ingham
5. ‘On Second Thought, Let’s Not Go To Camelot…‘Tis a Silly Space’: Star Trek and the Inconsequence of SF Medievalism
 Jeff Massey
The Alien
6. ‘Those two green children which Nubrigensis speaks of in his time, that fell from heaven’, or the Origins of Science Fiction
 Mary Baine Campbell
7. Edwin Morgan’s Aliens and Anglo-Saxons
 Denis Ferhatović
Technologies and Manmade Marvels
8. The Riddle of Medieval Technology
 Andy Sawyer
9. Dreams of War, Dreams of Dragons’ Fire: Conrad Kyeser’s Bellifortis
 Alison Harthill
Distant Planets, Distant Futures
10. Courtly Love on Mars: E.R. Burroughs and the Medieval Lineage of Planetary Romance
 Andrew Scheil
11. The Medieval Dying Earth
 James Paz
Making Medieval Science Fiction
12. Catapunk: Toward a Medieval Aesthetic of Science Fiction
 Minsoo Kang
13. Medieval Cosmology and World Building
Guy Consolmagno
14. Discovering Eifelheim
 Michael Flynn


  1. Cecilia Michel LopezAugust 4, 2016 at 6:20 PM

    Oooo! Looks good. Nice to see the Anglo-Saxons so well represented.

  2. Fantastic! Thank you for the tip. I have ordered the book today, and as I am in the UK, good old British Pounds work very well. Looking forward to reading it


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