Category Archives: 1. SF & UTOPIANISM

THIS IS A DESCENDING CHRONOLOGICAL LIST, FROM 2021 BACKWARDS. REASON: ALL POSITIONS ARE HISTORICAL, AND THEY ARE BEST UNDERSTOOD IN CONNEXION WITH ITS MOMENT. LATER ENTRIES MAY MODIFY EARLIER POSITIONS.

CAPITALISM IS NOT BIOLOGICALLY SUSTAINABLE FOR HOMO SAPIENS: Thots in a Siege (May-Aug. 2020, 3,750 words)

First published as “Thoughts within the Coronising Siege” Political Animal Magazine, http://www.politicalanimalmagazine.com/themes/theory/, also utopian-studies-europe.org/coronising; A series of fragments from e-mail debates with comrades during the corona lockdown in March ‘20 and a bit after. Sections: A/ long duration prospects, centrally … Continue reading

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UTOPIA OR BUST: CAPITALOCENE, ANTIUTOPIA (2019, 13,350 words)

Keynote speech at the Utopian Studies Society (Europe) 2019: Part 1: Where Are We in the Capitalocene; Part 2.  What Existential Antiutopia Means for Us;   Keywords: Capitalocene; utopia; antiutopia; ecocide; totality; epistemology; counterrevolution; violence

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ORWELL AND 1984 TODAY: GENIUS AND TUNNEL VISION (2019, 14,500 words)

Orwell, as he himself said, came from a lower, professional service fraction of the English and imperial ruling class that was “simultaneously dominator and dominated” (R. Williams), so that a combination of State and monopoly power became his major nightmare. … Continue reading

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THE “SUVIN EVENT” BY GERRY CANAVAN (2016, 9,200 WORDS)

The Introduction by Prof. Gerry Canavan, the meritorious editor of the 1979 enlarged MOSF edition is here reproduced for the interest it has, and by his kind permission. The opinions are of course his. “The Suvin Event” Gerry Canavan In … Continue reading

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GOODBYE AND HELLO: DIFFERENTIATING WITHIN THE LATER P.K. DICK (2015, 14,960 words)

Darko Suvin                                                                             … Continue reading

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POSTSCRIPT TO ESTRANGEMENT AND COGNITION (2014, 400 words)

Darko Suvin //strangehorizons.com/2014/20141124/1suvin-a.shtml, 2014 A brief addition to the early basic definition of SF as interaction of estrangement and cognition, stressing that it is in best cases done from the point of view and stance of dissident class/es from below.

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—A/ URSULA K. LE GUIN, SPEECH [at Nat. Book Awards 2014] —B/ ON LE GUIN AND HER DECLARATION OF THE ARTS’ INDEPENDENCE FROM CAPITALISM [comment on her speech]

A/ The Guardian, 20 November 2014 22.00 GMT   Ursula K Le Guin’s speech at National Book Awards: ‘Books aren’t just commodities’   To the givers of this beautiful reward, my thanks, from the heart. My family, my agents, my … Continue reading

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SOME DIFFERENTIATIONS WITHIN THE CONCEPTS OF “MYTH” (2007, 2,950 words)

R. Littlejohns and S. Soncini eds., Myths of Europe. Rodopi. , 2007 This brief overview is divided into sections: 1.1 Approaching “myth” and its divergent, indeed incompatible meanings; discussing first (in 1.2) Cassirer: all creative thought is myth; then (in … Continue reading

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CONSIDERING THE SENSE OF “FANTASY” OR “FANTASTIC FICTION”: AN EFFUSION (1999-2001, 21,780 words)

0. Fantasy: Why Bother?;  1. Some Preconditions for Approaching Fantasy; 2. On What Fantastic Fiction Is Not; 3. In medias res: The Genres of Ahistorical Alternative Worlds;  4. Some Dilemmas on Uses and Values of Fantasy.

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HOW TO USE UTOPIA (1999-2000, 1,940 words)

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