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Speculative Realism and Science Fiction

Brian Willems

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781474422697
eISBN:
9781474438629
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474422697.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

A human-centred approach to the environment is leading to ecological collapse. One of the ways that speculative realism challenges anthropomorphism is by taking non-human things to be as valid ... More


The Zug Effect

Brian Willems

in Speculative Realism and Science Fiction

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781474422697
eISBN:
9781474438629
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474422697.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

The Zug effect is part of only certain moments in science fiction which are open to representing ambiguity. Thus the book offers a different definition of sf because it focuses on the roles of ... More


Divine Paraphrase: Cormac McCarthy

Brian Willems

in Speculative Realism and Science Fiction

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781474422697
eISBN:
9781474438629
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474422697.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

In Cormac McCarthy’s post-apocalyptic novel The Road (2006), which won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, a boy and his father struggle to survive in a world decimated by an unspecified catastrophe.This ... More


Double-Vision: Neil Gaiman

Brian Willems

in Speculative Realism and Science Fiction

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781474422697
eISBN:
9781474438629
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474422697.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

A number of works by Neil Gaiman include incomprehensible elements within a comprehensible story. Such inclusion in sf is here called the Zug effect. This effect appears in Gaiman’s work when ... More


Subtraction and Contradiction: China Miéville

Brian Willems

in Speculative Realism and Science Fiction

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781474422697
eISBN:
9781474438629
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474422697.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

China Miéville’s second novel Perdido Street Station (2000) addresses the idea of essence from three different perspectives which mirror a number of concepts of speculative realism. The essence being ... More


Tension and Phase: Doris Lessing

Brian Willems

in Speculative Realism and Science Fiction

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781474422697
eISBN:
9781474438629
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474422697.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

The previous chapters laid out a number of ways in which objects can be surprising. The dismantling of language, vision and the world is one strategy for creating this surprise. In the Anthropocene ... More


Animal Death: Paolo Bacigalupi

Brian Willems

in Speculative Realism and Science Fiction

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781474422697
eISBN:
9781474438629
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474422697.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Paolo Bacigalupi’s Nebula award-winning novel The Windup Girl (2009) sets up a dialectical situation which it then disrupts. This is important for two reasons. First, dialectic formations are often ... More


Transcription: Kim Stanley Robinson

Brian Willems

in Speculative Realism and Science Fiction

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781474422697
eISBN:
9781474438629
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474422697.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

The reading of tension in sf continues in this chapter, which looks at a number of books by Kim Stanley Robinson, along with two early works by J. G. Ballard. The focus is on the transformations that ... More


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