Metamorphoses of Science Fiction


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Contents: Estrangement and Cognition – SF and the Genological Jungle – Defining the Literary Genre of Utopia: Some Historical Semantics, Some Genology, a Proposal, and a Plea – SF and the Novum – The Alternative Island – The Shift to Anticipation: Radical Rhapsody and Romantic Recoil – Liberalism Mutes the Anticipation: The Space-Binding Machines – Anticipating the Sunburst: Dream, Vision – or Nightmare? – Wells as the Turning Point of the SF Tradition – The Time Machine versus Utopia as Structural Models for SF – Russian SF and Its Utopian Tradition – Karel Čapek, or the Aliens Amongst Us – Science Fiction, Metaphor, Parable, and Chronotope (with the Bad Conscience of Reaganism) – Considering the Sense of «Fantasy» or «Fantastic Fiction»: An Effusion* – Circumstances and Stances: A Retrospect.

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Darko Suvin, scholar, critic and poet, was born in Yugoslavia, studied at the universities of Zagreb, Bristol, the Sorbonne and Yale and has taught in Europe and North America. He is Professor Emeritus of McGill University and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He is the author of numerous books and articles on literature and dramaturgy, culture, utopian and science fiction and political epistemology, as well as three volumes of poetry. In recent years he has been writing mainly about SFR Yugoslavia and communism.
Gerry Canavan is Assistant Professor of English at Marquette University, specializing in twentieth- and twenty-first-century literature. His research focuses on the relationship between science fiction and the political and cultural history of the post-war period, with special emphasis on ecology and the environment. He is an editor at Extrapolation and Science Fiction Film and Television, as well as the author of Modern Masters of Science Fiction: Octavia E. Butler (2016).


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