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Science Fiction Across Media: Adaption/Novelization

Thomas Van Parys and I.Q. Hunter



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16 Sep 2013

ISBN 9781780240121 (Paperback)
344 pp., Free UK Shipping


This book belongs to a new wave of adaptation studies, interested not only in detailed comparisons between novels and their screen versions, but in intertextuality and the proliferation of textual material across multiple media platforms. Case studies comparing originals and their screen copies remain the life-blood of adaptation studies, but they are significantly augmented by analyses of the 'adaptation industry' and the commercial exploitation of copyrighted properties in franchises, remakes and spin-offs of all kinds. The familiar dyad of novel and film is joined by studies of comics, novelizations, toys, video games, theme-parks rides, remakes, reboots, extended and director s cuts, TV versions and the other numerous ways in which adaptations borrow from and relentlessly reproduce and commodify narratives and story worlds. In this way, adaptation can be seen as a key function in a 'vast narrative', which is a concept from new media studies that helps to understand how narratives are constructed across different forms of media.


Acknowledgements ix
Notes on Contributors x
List of Illustrations xv
Part I: Science Fiction and Adaptation
Introduction: Science-Fiction Adaptation across Media (p. 3)
Thomas Van Parys and I.Q. Hunter
Chapter 1. Science Fiction from Text to Screen: Adaptation, the Novum and Cinematic Estrangement (p. 19)
Peter Wright
Chapter 2. From Adaptation to Cinephilia: An Intertextual Odyssey (p. 43)
I.Q. Hunter
Part II: The Art Film
Chapter 3. A Spatial Obsession: The Man Who Fell to Earth as Countercultural Science Fiction (p. 67)
Peter Verstraten
Chapter 4. Unimportant Failures? The Fall and Rise of The Man Who Fell to Earth (p. 81)
Andrew M. Butler
Chapter 5. Solaris – Lem/Tarkovsky/Soderbergh: Adaptations in Space (p. 97)
Teresa Forde
Chapter 6. Degenrification in Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker: The Science-Fiction Novel Transformed into Art-Film Parable (p. 115)
Jamie Sherry
Part III: Nation, Politics and Gender
Chapter 7. Descent Ramp: Revisiting J. G. Ballard's Crash and Its Film Adaptation by David Cronenberg (p. 135)
Nicholas Ruddick
Chapter 8. Fahrenheit 451: Filming Literary Absence (p. 151)
Aristea Chryssohou
Chapter 9. Quiet Earths: Adaptation, Representation and National Identity in New Zealand’s Apocalypse (p. 167)
Andrea Wright
Chapter 10. Following the Flood: Deluge, Adaptation and the 'Ideal' Woman (p. 183)
Jennifer Woodward
Part IV: Novelization
Chapter 11. eXistenZ, the Story of a Novelization: An Interview with Christopher Priest (p. 201)
Thomas Van Parys
Chapter 12. Proposed Taxonomy for Novelizations and Adaptations (p. 211)
Michael A. Stackpole
Chapter 13. The Abyss: Between Film and Novelization (p. 227)
Thomas Van Parys
Chapter 14. Valorizing the Novelization: The Afterlives of ‘Terry Nation’s Survivors’ (p. 245)
Gwilym Thear
Part V: Intermediality
Chapter 15. The Eyes Have It (p. 261)
Cynthia J. Miller
Chapter 16. Adaptive Behaviours: Ray Bradbury’s Fictions Reinterpreted for Media (p. 277)
Phil Nichols
Chapter 17. ‘Everything Comes from Superman’: Infinite Crises in an Adapting Meta-Text (p. 293)
Martin Zeller-Jacques
Chapter 18. Extraordinary Renditions: The Many Lives of Flash Gordon (p. 309)
Mark Bould
Index (p. 323)

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