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.

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)

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PREFACE TO THE JAPANESE EDITION OF “METAMORPHOSES OF SCIENCE FICTION” (1987, 2,700 words)

PREFACE TO THE JAPANESE EDITION OF “METAMORPHOSES OF SCIENCE FICTION” (1987) Darko Suvin 1. This book was first conceived and worked upon in Yugoslavia in the 1950s and 60s; it was written in its present form in North America and … Continue reading

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NEWER SF HISTORY: H.G. WELLS” (1972-78, 13,400 WORDS)

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

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OLDER SF HISTORY: VERNE, BELLAMY, MORRIS, AND OTHERS (1974-78, 22,500 WORDS)

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

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OLDER SF HISTORY: RENAISSANCE TO 1880S (1974-76, 21,700 WORDS)

After a brief Introduction, two essays deal with: 1/ “The Alternative Island,” from Morus to the planetary novel, and 2/ “The Shift to Anticipation,” i.e. from space to time, from the French revolution up to Wells. The text is taken … Continue reading

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DEFINING THE LITERARY GENRE OF UTOPIA: SOME HISTORICAL SEMANTICS, SOME GENOLOGY, A PROPOSAL, AND A PLEA (1973, 9,300 words)

For if the matter be attentively considered, a sound argument may be drawn from Poesy, to show that there is agreeable to the spirit of man a more ample greatness, a more perfect order, and a more beautiful variety than … Continue reading

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SF AND THE GENOLOGICAL JUNGLE (1973, 7,700 words)

Thanks to the Greeks, we can distinguish tragedy from comedy in drama. […] When we come to deal with such forms as the masque, opera, movie, ballet, puppet-play, mystery-play, morality, corn-media dell’arte, and Zauberspiel, we find ourselves in the position … Continue reading

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ESTRANGEMENT AND COGNITION (1972, 4,850 words)

1. Science Fiction as Fiction (Estrangement) 1.1. The importance of science fiction (SF) in our time is on the increase. First, there are strong indications that its popularity in the leading industrial nations (United States, USSR, United Kingdom, Japan) has … Continue reading

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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

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