Tag Archives: science fiction

What is the appeal of science fiction?

Our alienation is such that our commonality consists in being-out-of-this-world.

Timeless, time-bound.

The political genres are allegory and myth, historical and science fiction.

Niven, “Ringworld.”

You can keep this book closed; the idea right is there on the cover.

Butler, “Parable of the Sower.”

Change is ever changing.

The time travel genre.

Edward Bellamy, 19th c. progressive, travels forward to criticize the present. Robert Zemeckis, 20th c. conservative, travels backwards to save the present.

It has always been possible.

Every day you move into the future, all the while fantasizing that time travel is not yet possible.

Why Marxists do sci-fi studies.

Marxism itself is theory of futurity, one premised on cognitive extrapolation.

Fantasy versus science fiction.

In “Star Wars,” the fantasy is divided into good and evil. In “Star Trek,” the science fiction is parsed into old and new.

Liu Cixin, Three Body Problem.

The book perfectly captures our impasse: it is wildly imaginative about everything but political economy. 

Ted Chiang is the Borges of science fiction.

Although, actually, Jorge Luis Borges is the Borghes of science fiction.