Item description for Fire in the Stone: Prehistoric Fiction from Charles Darwin to Jean M. Auel (The Wesleyan Early Classics of Science Fiction Series) by Nicholas Ruddick...
Like books such as Clan of the Cave Bear, prehistoric fiction ("pf") contains a surprisingly large and diverse group of fictional works by American, British and French writers from the late nineteenth century to the present that describe prehistoric humans. Nicholas Ruddick explains why prehistoric fiction could not come into being until after the acceptance of Darwin's theories, and argues that many early prehistoric fiction works are still worth reading even though the science upon which they are based is now outdated. Exploring the history and changes within the genre, Ruddick shows how prehistoric fiction can offer fascinating insights into the possible origins of human nature, sexuality, racial distinctions, language, religion, and art. The book includes discussions of well-known prehistoric fiction by H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, Jack London, Alan Golding, Arthur C. Clarke, and Jean Auel and reminds us of some unjustly forgotten landmarks of prehistoric fiction. It also briefly covers such topics as the recent boom in prehistoric romance, notable prehistoric fiction for children and young adults, and the most entertaining movies featuring prehistoric humans. The book features original illustrations that trace the changing popular images of cave men and women over the past 150 years.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 6" Height: 9" Weight: 1.25 lbs.
Release Date Apr 30, 2009
Publisher Wesleyan Publishing House
ISBN 0819569003 ISBN13 9780819569004
Availability 0 units.
More About Nicholas Ruddick
NICHOLAS RUDDICK is Associate Professor of English at the University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.
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As I write this, the book is already on back order--for a reason Apr 28, 2009
My favourite line comes in the second, thematic half of the book's discussion of prehistoric fiction. The author says that blaming (Darwin's bulldog) Huxley for sexism making as little sense as blaming Orville and Wilbur for 9/11. It's a brilliant, wickedly funny non sequitur that well summarized the charm, eloquence and sensibility of this study. The author must have read an astounding amount of fiction for that book. My interest was piqued by seeing numerous well-researched references to all matters Darwinian from the turn of the 19-20th centuries. One critical comment: the abbreviation of prehistoric fiction to "pf" did not work for me, detracted from the flow of highly polished prose and jarred stylistically. Otherwise, it was a pleasure to read learn something from almost every page. And the back-cover endorsements from the science fiction community could hardly be better.