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MacArthur, Sian. Gothic Science Fiction: 1818 to the present. New York [etc.]: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
DOI: 10.1057/9781137389275
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-1-349-67850-1
BibTeX citation key: MacArthur2015
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Categories: General
Keywords: "Batman", Adaptation, Film adaptation, Genre, Horror, Science Fiction, Superhero, USA
Creators: MacArthur
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (New York [etc.])
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Given the long history of both Gothic and science fiction the Superhero is a relatively recent addition to the large and often complex genre of Gothic science fiction. Traditionally the Superhero was limited to the world of comic books — appearing in the worlds of Marvel and DC back in the 1930s. But more recently they have become the focus of many other forms of media with film and fiction now becoming real money spinners for the likes of ABC, CBS, Warner Bros and Sony Pictures to name but a few. On average there are several big Superhero blockbuster movies released each year, and it seems that the Superhero has achieved a place in modern consciousness and modern media that far exceeds almost any other genre or type of character. Put simply it seems that we can’t get enough of Superheroes, or the villains that they must defeat in order to save us from destruction.

Table of Contents

1. One Dreary Night: Early Science Fiction and the Gothic (1)
2. ‘Mad? Is One Who Has Solved the Secret of Life to Be Considered Mad?’ The Role of the Mad Scientist in Gothic Science Fiction (25)
3. ‘The Last Man in the World’: Gothic Motif in the Apocalyptical Novel (49)
4. ‘It’s Life, Jim, but Not as We Know It’: The Gothic Monster in Science Fiction (71)
5. ‘One Day, I Shall Come Back. Yes, I Shall Come Back’: Immortality and the Fight for Humanity in Gothic Science Fiction (95)
6. ‘Henceforth You Shall Be Known as Darth Vader’: The Battle between Good and Evil in Gothic Science Fiction (117)
7. ‘We Are Forever in Debt to the Dynamic Duo’: The Role of the Superhero in Gothic Science Fiction (139)
8. ‘Science Fiction and Gothic? ... It Is Strange that the Genres Should Cross at All’: In Conclusion – Understanding Gothic Science Fiction (159)

Notes (163)
Index (171)

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