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Those 13 unique essays have been written particularly for the 3rd J. Lloyd Eaton convention on technology Fiction and delusion Literature, held February 21–22, 1981, on the college of California, Riverside. Leslie Fiedler units the tone of this quantity through solving a simple set of coordinates—that of “elitist” and “popular” standards. Those replying to his cost are: Eric S. Rabkin, Professor of English on the University of Michigan and writer of the glorious in Literature, “The Descent of Fantasy”; Gerald Prince, Professor of French on the collage of Pennsylvania, “How New is New?”; Mark Rose, Professor of English on the college of California at Santa Barbara, writer of Alien Encounters, “Jules Verne: trip to the Center of technological know-how Fiction”; Joseph Lenz, who teaches English Literature on the college of Michigan, “Manifest future: technological know-how Fiction Epic and Classical Forms”; Michelle Mass?, of the English division on the George Mason collage, “‘All you'll want to do is comprehend what you want’: person Expectations in Triton”; Gary okay. Wolfe, who teaches English at Roosevelt collage, author of The recognized and the Unknown, “Autoplastic and Alloplastic variations in technological know-how Fiction: ‘Waldo’ and ‘Desertion’”; Robert Hunt, an editor with Glencoe Press, “Science Fiction for the Age of Inflation: interpreting Atlas Shrugged within the 1980s”; George R. Guffey, Professor of English at UCLA, “Fahrenheit 451 and the ‘Cubby-Hole Editors’ of Ballantine Books”; H. Bruce Franklin, Professor of English and American Literature at Rutgers collage at Newark, “America as technology Fiction: 1939”; Sandra M. Gilbert, Professor of English on the collage of California at Davis, and coauthor with Susan Gubar of Madwoman within the Attic, “Rider Haggard’s middle of Darkness”; the aforementioned Susan Gubar, Professor of English at Indiana collage, “She in Her/and: Feminism as Fantasy”; and George R. Slusser, Curator of the Eaton assortment, “Death and the reflect: Existential Fantasy.”
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For science fiction, on the other hand, unless it underlines its allegorical thrust or portrays a world very close to our own in spatiotemporal terms and avoids drastic changes in the conditions of life depicted, the consequences can be disappointing. What! Thirty thousand years from now and millions of miles away, in a universe ruled by giant butterflies and where teleportion is commonplace, money, love, and glory still rule! It is a little bit like watching a television series where, week after week, the protagonists go through harrowing new experiences yet, week after week, they go on behaving in exactly the same way.
The third constraint is, I think, the most important one and the one most specific to sf. It is the constraint of plausibility, credibility, rationality or, to put it more precisely, the constraint of scientific motivation. Science fiction is what it is (and not, say, "plain" fiction, or detective fiction, or fantasy) because it always makes a bow, however casual and quick, to science. By this, I do not simply mean that it shows the impact of scientific thought upon artistic endeavors: Zola was heavily influenced by Claude Bernard and his experimental method; countless parallels have been drawn between so-called postmodernis- < previous page page_28 next page > < previous page page_29 next page > Page 29 tic fiction and Heisenberg's uncertainty principle; and, in some way or other, no literary production is unaffected by the scientific horizons of its age.
Of the latter, an entire set seems to me somewhat misguided. I am not referring to the words of Judith Merrill for whom there was "no adequate literature in existence" in 1966 except for some science fiction; or to those of Samuel R. " 2 Nor am I thinking of the many representations of sf as a superb predictive instrument since it is now widely recognized, I believe, that, on the contrary, sf is not very successful at prophecy. No, I am talking about those depictions of sf that put the accent on its capacity for newness, presenting it as a particularly privileged form for capturing the new and saluting it for being itself new.