The Seven Beauties of Science Fiction

cover-Csicsery-RonayIstvan-SevenBeautiesSF-w-thThis looks like an interesting book: The Seven Beauties of Science Fiction by Stephan Csicsery-Ronay, Jr..

From the publisher:

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 non-genre fiction have become what Csicsery-Ronay calls science fictional, stimulating science-fictional habits of mind. We no 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 novums, future history, imaginary science, the science-fictional sublime, the science-fictional grotesque, and the Technologiade, or the epic of technsocience’s development into a global regime.

From Wesleyan University Press, 2008

One Response to “The Seven Beauties of Science Fiction

  1. thedarkfenix Says:

    that sounds like a rather intersting book, cheers for that.


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