Extreme Fabulations

Extreme Fabulations Science Fictions of Life

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Publisher's Synopsis

With this book, Steven Shaviro offers a thought experiment. He discusses a number of science fiction narratives: three novels, one novella, three short stories, and one musical concept album--analysing these works in detail but also using them in order to ask questions about human, and more generally, biological life: about its stubborn insistence and yet fragility; about the possibilities and perils of seeking to control it; about the aesthetic and social dimensions of human existence, in relation to the nonhuman; and about the ethical value of human life under conditions of extreme oppression and devastation. Shaviro pursues these questions through the medium of science fiction because this form of storytelling offers us a unique way of grappling with issues that deeply and unavoidably concern us but that are intractable to rational argumentation or to empirical verification. The future is unavoidably vague and multifarious; it stubbornly resists our efforts to know it in advance, let alone to guide it or circumscribe it. But science fiction takes up this very vagueness and indeterminacy, by rendering it into the form of a self-consciously fictional narrative. It gives us characters who experience, and respond to, the vagaries of unforeseeable change.

Book information

ISBN: 9781912685882
Publisher: Goldsmiths Press
Imprint: Goldsmith's Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 809.38762
DEWEY edition: 23
Number of pages: x, 181
Weight: 342g
Height: 146mm
Width: 210mm
Spine width: 19mm