By Robert M. Philmus
The previous editor of Science Fiction Studies, Robert M. Philmus now casts his professional eye on a various diversity of brief tales and novels by way of the preferable creators of technological know-how fiction, together with George Orwell, C. S. Lewis, and Ursula LeGuin. With essays on such masters of the style as Stanislaw Lem, Kurt Vonnegut, and Philip okay. Dick, the amount presents an in-depth textual exam of technology fiction as a really "revisionary" style. Visions and Revisions may be of tremendous price to students of literature and technological know-how fiction reports. (20060101)
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The ambiguity accruing to any text by reason of the nature of language itself may, of course, pass unnoticed so long as that text be exempt from ‘literary’ scrutiny. , read with anything like the kind of attention which New Criticism inculcated – its potential ambiguity almost inevitably becomes actualized. This also means that any printed (or printable) text is open to ‘literary’ examination regardless of whether its author had any such intention (or aspiration). 2 That other source resides in LUP_Philmus_02_Ch2 28 8/11/05, 4:55 pm GENERIC CONFIGURATIONS OF A STORY OF THE DAYS TO COME 29 the nature of reading as an act of generic construction.
9:215). Together, ‘blackwhite’ and ‘doublethink’ form a ‘system of thought’ which perverts contradiction, in both the logical and the Hegelian sense, in such a way that it ceases to exist as a source of conflict and becomes instead a mode of self-deceptive rationalization. ‘Black’ can be ‘white’ only when language itself becomes a closed system of symbols without referential meaning apart from itself. This is the purpose of blackwhite and doublethink: to destroy any ground outside the world of Oceania that could be a basis for opposition to it.
So, too, this coexistence of the ‘cosmic’ with the ‘human’ point of view accords with a conclusion which Wells would soon articulate discursively in ‘The Scepticism of the Instrument’ (1903/04) and which already informed The Time Machine as a synthesis of notions that he had first advanced separately in ‘The Universe Rigid’ and ‘The Rediscovery of the Unique’: that despite their constituting the basis for determinism vs. 22 By the same token, this particular intertextual (and hence generic) construction, focusing temporal perspective as it does, recognizes the cosmic and the human standpoints as co-equals.
Visions and Revisions: (Re)constructing Science Fiction (Liverpool University Press - Liverpool Science Fiction Texts & Studies) by Robert M. Philmus