Metamorphoses of Science Fiction


Metamorphoses of Science Fiction



Returning to print for the first time since the 1980s, Metamorphoses of Science Fiction is the origin point for decades of literary and theoretical criticism of science fiction and related genres. Darko Suvin’s paradigm-setting definition of SF as «the literature of cognitive estrangement» established a robust theory of the genre that continues to spark fierce debate, as well as inspiring myriad intellectual descendants and disciples. Suvin’s centuries-spanning history of the genre links SF to a long tradition of utopian and satirical literatures crying out for a better world than this one, showing how SF and the imagination of utopia are now forever intertwined. In addition to the 1979 text of the book, this edition contains three additional essays from Suvin that update, expand and reconsider the terms of his original intervention, as well as a new introduction and preface that situate the book in the context of the decades of SF studies that have followed in its wake.



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Peter Lang Publishing


English Language and Literature


Table of Contents

Estrangement and Cognition

SF and the Genological Jungle

Defining the Literary Genre of Utopia: Some Historical Semantics, Some Genology, a Proposal, and a Plea

SF and the Novum

The Alternative Island

The Shift to Anticipation: Radical Rhapsody and Romantic Recoil

Liberalism Mutes the Anticipation: The Space-Binding Machines

Anticipating the Sunburst: Dream, Vision - or Nightmare?

Wells as the Turning Point of the SF Tradition

The Time Machine versus Utopia as Structural Models for SF

Russian SF and Its Utopian Tradition

Karel Capek, or the Aliens Amongst Us

Science Fiction, Metaphor, Parable, and Chronotope (with the Bad Conscience of Reaganism)

Considering the Sense of "Fantasy" or "Fantastic Fiction": An Effusion*

Circumstances and Stances: A Retrospect.

Metamorphoses of Science Fiction