Chesbro Storms Academe!!
Tech-Noir: The Story of Postmodern Adventure Fiction
A book by Gary Hoppenstand
To be published by State University of New York Press, 2002
Gary Hoppenstand is a professor teaching in the Depatment of American
Thought and Language at Michigan State University. Mr. Hoppenstand is
writing a book for State University of New York Press entitled
Tech-Noir: The Story of Postmodern Adventure Fiction. The book
is scheduled for publication in the fall of 2002, and it will contain
a chapter on George C. Chesbro's
The Beasts of Valhalla.
Here is an excerpt from one of the messages Mr. Hoppenstand sent to Mr.
I plan to write the chapter featuring Beasts sometime in late
December 2001. With your permission, between now and then I will develop
about six or seven questions about the novel that will center on your
representations of science and technology in the story, as well as
additional information about the history of your novel and how you
came to write it. As I mentioned to you, I also plan on using
Beasts in my summer "Science and Technology"
humanities class here at Michigan State. I am most pleased that you
have brought it back into print, and I know that my students will
thoroughly enjoy it.
One of my main arguments that I will be advancing about your work in
my book is your expression of a fundamental humanism in your series
and non-series fiction. Mongo, Garth, Veil, Chant and your other
protagonists are representations of the triumph of the human spirit in
a contemporary world of self-inflicted pain. Your fiction tackles
oppression in a variety of areas: government oppression, the
oppression of religious fundamentalism, and the oppression of
political fascism, among others. Your stories break traditional genre
boundaries, crossing science fiction, crime fiction, horror fiction,
and detective fiction, presenting narratives that are both highly
entertaining and profoundly moving. Not many contemporary writers have
attempted this feat, let alone done it as well as you have.
I look forward to sending you a draft of my chapter in early January.
Thank you again.
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