Category Archives: 1. SF & UTOPIANISM

ORWELL AND 1984 TODAY: GENIUS AND TUNNEL VISION (2019, 14500 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

Posted in 1. SF & UTOPIANISM, 3. POLITICAL EPISTEMOLOGY | Leave a comment

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

Posted in 1. SF & UTOPIANISM, 3. POLITICAL EPISTEMOLOGY | Leave a comment

CRITICISM OF THE STRUGATSKY BROTHERS’ WORK (1972 -3,950 words)

First published in a much longer version in Canadian-American Slavic Studies 6.2: 286-307. , 1972 My original longish 1972 essay, to which the reader is respectfully referred, used a bibliography of 96 units of criticism for a survey of the … Continue reading

Posted in 1. SF & UTOPIANISM | Leave a comment

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.

Posted in 1. SF & UTOPIANISM | Leave a comment

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

Posted in 1. SF & UTOPIANISM | Leave a comment

WHAT REMAINS OF ZAMYATIN’S WE AFTER THE CHANGE OF LEVIATHANS: MUST COLLECTIVISM BE AGAINST PEOPLE? (1998-2003, 11,800 words)

Contemporanea, 2003 Essay on political  epistemology of reading, applied to Zamyain’s SF novel WE, written 1998-2003    (11,800 words)

Posted in 1. SF & UTOPIANISM | Leave a comment

POSTSCRIPT TO ESTRANGEMENT

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.

Posted in 1. SF & UTOPIANISM | Leave a comment

NOTE TO CANAVAN (9200 WORDS, 1979)

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

Posted in 1. SF & UTOPIANISM | Leave a comment

NEWER SF HISTORY: H.G. WELLS” (13.400 WORDS, 1972-78)

After a brief Introduction, two essays deal: 1/ with an overview of H.G. Wells’s SF, and 2/ with a depth probe of his general model for SF, adopted in most of it after him. The text is taken from a … Continue reading

Posted in 1. SF & UTOPIANISM | Leave a comment

OLDER SF HISTORY: VERNE, BELLAMY, MORRIS, AND OTHERS (22.500 WORDS, 1974-78)

Two essays deal with: 1/ “Liberalism mutes the Anticipation”, and 2/ “Anticipating the Sunburst”. The text is taken from a first pagination of the 1979 book MOSF and has mistakes.  1/ This chapter 7 of MOSF analyzes first Verne as … Continue reading

Posted in 1. SF & UTOPIANISM | Leave a comment