Category Archives: 1. SF & UTOPIANISM

THIS IS A DESCENDING CHRONOLOGICAL LIST, FROM 2022 BACKWARDS. REASON: ALL POSITIONS ARE HISTORICAL, AND THEY ARE BEST UNDERSTOOD IN CONNEXION WITH ITS MOMENT. LATER ENTRIES MAY MODIFY EARLIER POSITIONS.

WORDS, SHAPES, AND OUR COMMON WORLD (2021, 5,550 words)

Introduction to my book Disputing the Deluge, ed. Hugh C. O’Connell, Bloomsbury Academic. A somewhat autobiographically inclined introduction to a new book of articles and poems 2001-21 is divided into: 1. Words Shaping the World, dealing with art as freedom … Continue reading

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IT AIN’T NECESSARILY SO (2020, 5,000 words)

Introduction to my book Parables of Freedom and Narrative Logics: Positions and Presuppositions in Science Fiction and Utopianism, ed. Eric D. Smith, 2 Vols., P. Lang, Oxford 2021. A somewhat autobiographically inclined introduction to a new book of articles and … Continue reading

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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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GERRY CANAVAN: THE “SUVIN EVENT” (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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ON U.K. LE GUIN’S SPEECH AT NAT. BOOK AWARDS 2014

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 … Continue reading

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ON U.K. LE GUIN’S “SECOND EARTHSEA TRILOGY” AND ITS COGNITIONS: A COMMENTARY* (2006, 8,200)

Abstract: Chapter in D. Suvin. Disputing the Deluge: C21 Writings on Utopia, Narration, Horizons of Survival.  Ed. Hugh O’Connell. Bloomsbury Academic, 2022. 1. The Creation of Ea(rthsea), Twice; 2. Tehanu: What Happens to Tenar; 3. “The Finder”: The Theory of Earthly Politics; … Continue reading

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