Steampunk to Slipstream: Contemporary Trends in Fantasy and Science Fiction

Thursday, November 19, 2009
Programs for Teachers
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

Although science fiction has been a popular genre for decades, and fantasy derives from a tradition as old as literature, the past two decades have seen a dramatic blurring of the boundaries between genres, between genre and literary fiction, even between adult and young adult fiction.  This seminar will touch upon several authors representative of these trends, both in England and the U.S., such as Kelly Link, China Miéville, Neil Gaiman, Scott Westerfeld, Jeffrey Ford, Neal Stephenson, Cory Doctorow, and others.  Gaiman’s /The Graveyard Book/, which received the 2009 Newbery Award and is also a finalist for the World Science Fiction Convention’s Hugo Award, will serve as an emblematic text of this new multivalent, multi-audience approach to fantastic literature.

Seminar led by Gary K. Wolfe, Roosevelt University