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.

ON ‘POST-MODERNIST’ POLITICAL IMPOTENCE AND THE HORIZONS OF FICTION AND SF: A RESPONSE TO PROFESSOR FEKETE’S ‘FIVE THESES’ (1988)

CHAPTER TWENTY-THREE (WITH MARC ANGENOT) D. Suvin, Parables of Freedom and Narrative Logics: Positions and Presuppositions in Science Fiction and Utopianism, 2 Vols. Ed. Eric D. Smith. Oxford: P. Lang, 2021.

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SCIENCE FICTION: METAPHOR, PARABLE, AND CHRONOTOPE (WITH THE BAD CONSCIENCE OF REAGANISM) (1984)

D. Suvin, Parables of Freedom and Narrative Logics: Positions and Presuppositions in Science Fiction and Utopianism, 2 Vols. Ed. Eric D. Smith. Oxford: P. Lang, 2021.ch22

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NARRATIVE LOGIC, IDEOLOGICAL DOMINATION, AND THE RANGE OF SCIENCE FICTION: A HYPOTHESIS WITH A TEST CASE (1982)

D. Suvin, Parables of Freedom and Narrative Logics: Positions and Presuppositions in Science Fiction and Utopianism, 2 Vols. Ed. Eric D. Smith. Oxford: P. Lang, 2021.ch21

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A DISCUSSION OF STANISŁAW LEM’S SF RADIO-DRAMA DO YOU EXIST MR. JOHNS? (1982)

A DISCUSSION OF STANISŁAW LEM’S SF RADIO-DRAMA DO YOU EXIST MR. JOHNS? (1982)

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THE SCIENCE-FICTION NOVEL AS EPIC NARRATION: FOR A FUSION OF ‘FORMAL’ AND ‘SOCIOLOGICAL’ ANALYSIS (1980-1985)

D. Suvin, Parables of Freedom and Narrative Logics: Positions and Presuppositions in Science Fiction and Utopianism, 2 Vols. Ed. Eric D. Smith. Oxford: P. Lang, 2021.ch19

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PLAYFUL COGNIZING, OR TECHNICAL ERRORS IN HARMONYVILLE: THE SF OF JOHANNA AND GÜNTER BRAUN (1981 AND 1987)

D. Suvin, Parables of Freedom and Narrative Logics: Positions and Presuppositions in Science Fiction and Utopianism, 2 Vols. Ed. Eric D. Smith. Oxford: P. Lang, 2021.

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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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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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