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.

ANATOMISING DYSTOPIA (2001-06, 12,000 words)

A Little Tractate On Dystopia 2001 is a sequence of “theses,” many of which have one or more appended “glosses,” grouped into sections. The section “Premises” (theses 1-3) leads to “A/ Epistemology and Utopia” (theses 4-13), “B/ Politics and Dystopia” … 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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A TRACTATE ON DYSTOPIA 2001 (2001/2006, 9,440 words)

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WAR AND MILITARISM IN SF (2005, 24,200 + 2,390 words)

Critical survey of mainly US SF dealing with war &/or with militarist horizon, from C19 to 2000, with stress on 1959 on.

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SEVEN POEMS FROM THE UTOPIAN HOLLOW: DIARY NOTES OF 2000–2005 (915 words)

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ON THE STRUGATSKY BROTHERS (1974-2003, 9,630 words)

ON THE STRUGATSKY BROTHERS:The SF Opus of the Strugatsky Brothers  (1974-81 and 1990)An E-Mail to Russia  (2003) D. Suvin, Parables of Freedom and Narrative Logics: Positions and Presuppositions in Science Fiction and Utopianism, 2 Vols. Ed. Eric D. Smith. Oxford: … Continue reading

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ON PHILIP K. DICK (1975-2002)

On Philip K. Dick (2 essays): Philip K. Dick’s Opus: Artifice as Refuge and Worldview  (1975, 8,060 words)Goodbye and Hello: Differentiating within the Later P.K. Dick  (2002, 15,050 words) D. Suvin, Parables of Freedom and Narrative Logics: Positions and Presuppositions … Continue reading

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SF PARABLES OF MUTATION AND CLONING AS/AND COGNITION (2002, 8,760 words)

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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WHAT REMAINS OF ZAMYATIN’S WE AFTER THE CHANGE OF LEVIATHANS? OR, MUST COLLECTIVISM BE AGAINST PEOPLE? (1999-2000, 14,030 words)

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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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