By George Edgar Slusser, George Robert Guffey, Mark Rose
Ten new serious essays written for presentation on the first Eaton convention on technology Fiction and myth Literature held 24–25 February 1979, on the college of California, Riverside. While serious dialogue of technology fiction has turn into more and more refined in past times decade, there continues to be an inclination between a few academics and readers to contemplate technology fiction as an autonomous phenomenon that exists unconnected to the mainstream of our cultural inheritance. those essays—by Harry Levin, Irving Babbitt Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard college; Kent T. Kraft, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature on the college of Georgia, Athens; Stephen Potts, author and teacher at San Diego country University; Gregory Benford, author and affiliate Professor of Physics on the collage of California, Irvine; Robert Hunt, an editor at Glencoe Publishing; Eric S. Rabkin, Professor of English on the college of Michigan; Patrick Parrinder, teacher on the collage of examining, England; Thomas Keeling, Lecturer in English on the collage of California, l. a.; Carl D. Malmgren, teacher on the college of Oregon, Eugene; and Thomas Hanzo, Professor of English and Chairman of the department on the collage of California, Davis—suggest the connections that exist among technology fiction and different features of Western cultural tradition. Ranging in curiosity from the particularly philosophical to the in particular literary, the essays relate technological know-how fiction to such topics as medieval cosmological discourse, classical empirical philosophy, fairy story, epic, and Gothic fiction. rising from the quantity as an entire are either a coherent view of technology fiction as a style and a heightened feel of its advanced relation to our cultural history.
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The next two essays continue the concern with philosophy, but move into more modern and perhaps more familiar areas: Stephen W. Potts suggests how Stanislaw Lem can be understood as dealing with the epistemological issues raised by Locke, Hume, and Kierkegaard; Gregory Benford further develops the epistemological question of the knowability of the truly alien and considers this subject in the light of contemporary philosophy of science. Kraft, Potts, and Benford have been con- Page viii cerned with ways in which science fiction is involved in areas that overlap the traditional concerns of religion.
GEORGE E. SLUSSER GEORGE R. GUFFEY MARK ROSE RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA MARCH, 1980 Page 3 Science and Fiction Harry Levin Since my three-word title echoes those two nouns which denote the subject of this symposium, it should be self-evident that my own key-word is the conjunction between them. Not that I would wish to put asunder what has clearly been compounded with so much imagination, industry, and ingenuity. The copula is merely my confession that I have little right to expatiate on the compound.
Such considerations do not make the adventure less exciting for me; but, not wanting to travel under false colors, it should be clear from the very outset that I view myself as rather a tourist or passenger than a pilot or guide. Page 4 Perhaps we may take our chronological bearings by noticing that we now stand within five years of 1984. Reading the newspapers, we may even wish to congratulate ourselves on having come so near to fulfilling George Orwell's projections for intercommunication and cognition: Newspeak and Doublethink.
Bridges to science fiction, Volume 1979 by George Edgar Slusser, George Robert Guffey, Mark Rose