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- DescriptionAs the world undergoes daily transformations through the application of techscience to every aspect of life, science fiction has become an essential mode of imagining the horizons of possibility. However much science fiction texts vary in artistic quality and intellectual sophistication, they share in a mass social energy and a desire to imagine a collective future for the human species and the world. At this moment, a strikingly high proportion of films, commercial art, popular music, video and computer games, and n-genre fiction have become what Csicsery-Ronay calls science fictional, stimulating science-fictional habits of mind. We longer treat science fiction as merely a genre-engine producing formulaic effects, but as a mode of awareness, which frames experiences as if they were aspects of science fiction. The Seven Beauties of Science Fiction describes science fiction as a constellation of seven diverse cognitive attractions that are particularly formative of science-fictionality. These are the seven beauties of the title: fictive neology, fictive vums, future history, imaginary science, the science-fictional sublime, the science-fictional grotesque, and the Techlogiade, or the epic of technsocience's development into a global regime.
- Author BiographyISTVAN CSICSERY-RONAY, JR. is a professor of English at DePauw University, where he teaches courses in world literature and science fiction. He is coeditor of the journal Science Fiction Studies and the book Robot Ghosts and Wired Dreams (2007).
- Author(s)Istvan Csicsery-Ronay
- PublisherUniversity Press of New England
- Date of Publication01/02/2011
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Place of PublicationHanover
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintWesleyan University Press
- Weight503 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine22 mm
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