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Comic Tones in Science Fiction

By Donald M. Hassler

Comic Tones in Science Fiction: The Art of Compromise with Nature (Contributions to the Study of Science Fiction and Fantasy)

This study is a meditation upon the uses of the comic as a survival technique in our capricious age of crisis and indeterminacy. … Comic irony, argues Hassler, becomes a tonal direction for our own skeptical age, where notions of progress have made it a partner with the absurd. Ursula LeGuin, Theodore Sturgeon, Isaac Asimov, and William Golding become part of the author’s design. This is a closely reasoned study and shows the delight of a scholar enjoying unity in diversity.

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