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Автор: Марія Горбач

Цієї весни видавці підготували багато книжок письменників-фантастів. У рамках спецпроекту «Територія фантастики» на Книжковому Арсеналі відбулась зустріч з читачами, під час якої видавці, письменники і перекладачі поділились власним досвідом роботи з фантастичною літературою.

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Hello, ladies. Are you into science fiction?

Consider The Female Man, a 1970 science fiction novel by the late Joanna Russ, which takes place in four worlds inhabited by four different women who share the same genotype and whose names all start with the letter J. There’s Jeannine Dadier, who lives in 1969 in an America that never recovered from the Great Depression; Joanna, also in 1969, but in an America like ours; Janet Evason, an Amazonian beast who lives in an all-female world called Whileaway; and Alice Reasoner, or “Jael,” a warlord from a future where women and men have been launching nukes at each other for decades.

The first time I read The Female Man, I felt like the hotel room carpeting had been ripped out from beneath my feet, revealing a glittering intergalactic parquet that had somehow been there all along. After all, I considered myself to be a sci-fi buff of the highest order, but I had come to it, like many young readers, through the space operas and adventure tales of Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, and Ray Bradbury. I still love these writers, of course, but the idea that science fiction—my genre of choice—could actually be written to me, about me, was unknown.

Those were boy stories. The Female Man is not a boy story.

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Speculative fiction is the literature of change and discovery. But every now and then, a book comes along that changes the rules of science fiction and fantasy for everybody. Certain great books inspire scores of authors to create something new. Here are 21 of the most influential science fiction and fantasy books.

These are books which clearly inspired a generation of authors, and made a huge splash either in publishing success or critical acclaim. Or both. And these are in no particular order.

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Автор: Алекс Гальперин, 20.03.2014

В 1988 году, как часть рекламной кампании нового Volkswagen, немецкий автоконцерн и журнал Time обратились к известным мыслителям того времени с просьбой написать пару слов людям, которые будут жить в 2088 году. Среди тех, кто согласился обратиться с посланием к будущим поколениям, был и Курт Воннегут.

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