The Martian Inca

by Ian Watson
Publisher: Hachette UK
Release Date: 2011-09-29
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 299 pages
ISBN 13: 0575114568
ISBN 10: 9780575114562
Format: PDF, ePUB, MOBI, Audiobooks, Kindle
The Mars Probe has crashed. A triumph of Soviet technology, the first two-way interplanetary probe performed brilliantly until the final stage of its return. Then something went wrong: rather than following its programmed course to a soft landing in its country of origin, the probe crashed in the Peruvian Andes. Now a weird infection beyond the understanding of medical science has wiped out an entire village - except for one man, who, alone and undiscovered by medics, survives. He has awakened to find himself become his own ancestor, and a god. Suddenly the flames of an Indian revolution are spreading South America; he is the Martian Inca.
The Martian Inca
Language: en
Pages: 299
Authors: Ian Watson
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2011-09-29 - Publisher: Hachette UK

The Mars Probe has crashed. A triumph of Soviet technology, the first two-way interplanetary probe performed brilliantly until the final stage of its return. Then something went wrong: rather than following its programmed course to a soft landing in its country of origin, the probe crashed in the Peruvian Andes. Now a weird infection beyond the understanding of medical science has wiped out an entire village - except for one man, who, alone and undiscovered by medics, survives. He has awakened to find himself become his own ancestor, and a god. Suddenly the flames of an Indian revolution are spreading South America; he is the Martian Inca.
Worlds Apart
Language: en
Pages: 208
Authors: Carl Darryl Malmgren
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 1991 - Publisher: Indiana University Press

"[Malmgren] succeeds in formulating a typology of science fiction that will become a standard reference for some years to come."Â —Choice "... the most intelligently organized and effectively argued general study of SF that I have ever read."Â —Rob Latham, SFRA Review "... required reading for its evenhanded overview of so much of the previous critical/theoretical material devoted to science fiction." —American Book Review Worlds Apart provides a comprehensive theoretical model for science fiction by examining the worlds of science fiction and the discourse which inscribes them. Malmgren identifies the basic science fiction types, including alien encounters, alternate societies and worlds, and fantasy, and examines the role of the reader in concretizing and interpreting these science fiction worlds.
After the Martian Apocalypse
Language: en
Pages: 304
Authors: Mac Tonnies
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit
Type: BOOK - Published: 2004-07-06 - Publisher: Simon and Schuster

This engaging and groundbreaking archaeological treatise mixed with cultural commentary argues that our future on Mars depends on our understanding of its remarkable past. Much to the surprise of scientists and researchers, the latest cosmic discoveries offer strong evidence that points to an extinct civilization on Mars. What happened to it? And what does this mean for us on Earth? With in-depth research and accessible prose, After the Martian Apocalypse explains how our own survival may depend on confronting the strange and ancient truths to be found on the Red Planet. Challenging orthodox notions of humanity’s role in space, this unputdownable book effortlessly proves that to truly understand our own world, we must first understand our unsettling and enigmatic planetary neighbor.
Imagining Mars
Language: en
Pages: 396
Authors: Robert Crossley
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2011-01-03 - Publisher: Wesleyan University Press

For centuries, the planet Mars has captivated astronomers and inspired writers of all genres. Whether imagined as the symbol of the bloody god of war, the cradle of an alien species, or a possible new home for human civilization, our closest planetary neighbor has played a central role in how we think about ourselves in the universe. From Galileo to Kim Stanley Robinson, Robert Crossley traces the history of our fascination with the red planet as it has evolved in literature both fictional and scientific. Crossley focuses specifically on the interplay between scientific discovery and literary invention, exploring how writers throughout the ages have tried to assimilate or resist new planetary knowledge. Covering texts from the 1600s to the present, from the obscure to the classic, Crossley shows how writing about Mars has reflected the desires and social controversies of each era. This astute and elegant study is perfect for science fiction fans and readers of popular science. Ebook Edition Note: The photo of Arthur C. Clarke photo on p. 209 has been redacted.
Science Fact and Science Fiction
Language: en
Pages: 576
Authors: Brian Stableford
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2006-09-06 - Publisher: Routledge

Science fiction is a literary genre based on scientific speculation. Works of science fiction use the ideas and the vocabulary of all sciences to create valid narratives that explore the future effects of science on events and human beings. Science Fact and Science Fiction examines in one volume how science has propelled science-fiction and, to a lesser extent, how science fiction has influenced the sciences. Although coverage will discuss the science behind the fiction from the Classical Age to the present, focus is naturally on the 19th century to the present, when the Industrial Revolution and spectacular progress in science and technology triggered an influx of science-fiction works speculating on the future. As scientific developments alter expectations for the future, the literature absorbs, uses, and adapts such contextual visions. The goal of the Encyclopedia is not to present a catalog of sciences and their application in literary fiction, but rather to study the ongoing flow and counterflow of influences, including how fictional representations of science affect how we view its practice and disciplines. Although the main focus is on literature, other forms of science fiction, including film and video games, are explored and, because science is an international matter, works from non-English speaking countries are discussed as needed.
The Mammoth Encyclopedia of Science Fiction
Language: en
Pages: 608
Authors: George Mann
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012-03-01 - Publisher: Hachette UK

This encyclopedia is the most up-to-date, concise, clear and affordable guide to all aspects of science fiction, from its background to generic themes and devices, from authors (established and new) to films. Science fiction has evolved into one of the most popular, cutting-edge and exciting fiction geners, with a proliferation of modern and classic authors, themes and ideas, movies, TV series and awards. Arranged in an A-Z format, and featuring a comprehensive index and cross-referencing system, The Mammoth Encyclopedia of Science Fiction is also the most accessible and easy to use encyclopedia of its kind currently available.
Language: en
Pages: 242
Authors: James Gunn
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-04-18 - Publisher: Scarecrow Press

In the mid-1980s, Easton Press began publishing a series of leather-bound collector editions called “Masterpieces of Science Fiction,” and “Masterpieces of Fantasy,” which featured some of the most important works in these genres. Author James Gunn was commissioned to write introductions to these works, which allowed him to pay tribute to many authors who inspired and influenced him. In Paratexts: Introductions to Science Fiction and Fantasy, Gunn has collected the most significant essays produced for the Easton series, along with prefaces he wrote for reprints of his own novels. Drawing upon Gunn’s lifetime of work in the field, these introductions include analyses of the individual works and the fields in which they were written. Gunn also briefly discusses each novel’s significance in the science fiction canon. Collected here for the first time, these prefaces and introductions provide readers with insight into more than seventy novels, making Paratexts a must read for science fiction and fantasy aficionados.
Future Esoteric
Language: en
Pages: 416
Authors: Brad Olsen
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-04-01 - Publisher: CCC Publishing

Examining the flaws of mainstream society, this collection of conspiracy theory, esoteric knowledge, and fringe subjects seeks to present solutions to current social, economic, and environmental world issues. This book encourages the exploration and integration of modern science with ancient wisdom, which will lead modern society towards advancement and enlightenment. Topics discussed include religious mythos, government manipulation, technological advances, and utopia.
Creators of Science Fiction
Language: en
Pages: 212
Authors: Brian Stableford
Categories: Science fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2009-11-01 - Publisher: Wildside Press LLC

Well-known critic and novelist Brian Stableford here discusses the writers, editors, and publishers who helped create the modern genre of science fiction: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Edgar Allan Poe, Camille Flammarion, Jules Verne, H. G. Wells, Hugo Gernsback, John W. Campbell Jr., Edward E. "Doc" Smith, Robert A. Heinlein, James Blish, Gregory Benford, and Ian Watson. Complete with bibliography and index.
The Uncertainty of Analysis
Language: en
Pages: 316
Authors: Timothy J. Reiss
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-10-18 - Publisher: Cornell University Press

The Uncertainty of Analysis pursues key issues raised in the author's earlier Discourse of Modernism, a ground-breaking work which focused attention on the nature of discourse and the ways in which one culturally dominant "discursive class" may be replaced by another. In this timely and provocative collection of his essays, Timothy J. Reiss shows how efforts to reconfirm the force and power of modernist, analytico-referential discourse in the late nineteenth and the twentieth centuries have actually brought to the fore internal contradictions, have made clear the problematic nature of the dominant discourse, and have precipitated the emergence of competing discourses. Reiss considers the explorations in foundational logic by Frege and Peirce; examinations of language and its relations to mind by Saussure, Greimas, and Chomsky; work in linguistic and scientific epistemology by Wittgenstein and Heisenberg; and the attempts to analyze the nature of society by Sartre and other Western Marxists. Reiss turns to some practitioners of literary criticism and theory who have sought to escape past constraints, and he points to what appear to be erroneous routes away from the dilemmas raised by these philosophers and critics.
The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy
Language: en
Pages: 1395
Authors: Gary Westfahl
Categories: Fantasy fiction, American
Type: BOOK - Published: 2005 - Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

A comprehensive three-volume reference work offers six hundred entries, with the first two volumes covering themes and the third volume exploring two hundred classic works in literature, television, and film.
Dying Planet
Language: en
Pages: 456
Authors: Robert Markley
Categories: Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2005-08-18 - Publisher: Duke University Press

For more than a century, Mars has been at the center of debates about humanity’s place in the cosmos. Focusing on perceptions of the red planet in scientific works and science fiction, Dying Planet analyzes the ways Mars has served as a screen onto which humankind has projected both its hopes for the future and its fears of ecological devastation on Earth. Robert Markley draws on planetary astronomy, the history and cultural study of science, science fiction, literary and cultural criticism, ecology, and astrobiology to offer a cross-disciplinary investigation of the cultural and scientific dynamics that have kept Mars on front pages since the 1800s. Markley interweaves chapters on science and science fiction, enabling him to illuminate each arena and to explore the ways their concerns overlap and influence one another. He tracks all the major scientific developments, from observations through primitive telescopes in the seventeenth century to data returned by the rovers that landed on Mars in 2004. Markley describes how major science fiction writers—H. G. Wells, Kim Stanley Robinson, Philip K. Dick, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein, and Judith Merril—responded to new theories and new controversies. He also considers representations of Mars in film, on the radio, and in the popular press. In its comprehensive study of both science and science fiction, Dying Planet reveals how changing conceptions of Mars have had crucial consequences for understanding ecology on Earth.