Prof. Istvan Csicsery-Ronay Jr. Authors "Major Critical Work," The Seven Beauties of Science Fiction
October 29, 2008
October 29, 2008, Greencastle, Ind. - The Seven Beauties of Science Fiction by Istvan Csicsery-Ronay Jr., professor of English at DePauw University, is arriving in bookstores. The publisher, Wesleyan University Press, calls it "a major critical work from one of the preeminent voices of science fiction scholarship."
A synopsis states, "As the world undergoes daily transformations through the application of technoscience to every aspect of life, science fiction has become an essential mode of imagining the horizons of possibility. However much science fiction texts vary in artistic quality and intellectual sophistication, they share in a mass social energy and a desire to imagine a collective future for the human species and the world. At this moment, a strikingly high proportion of films, commercial art, popular music, video and computer games, and non-genre fiction have become what Csicsery-Ronay calls science fictional, stimulating science-fictional habits of mind. We no longer treat science fiction as merely a genre-engine producing formulaic effects, but as a mode of awareness, which frames experiences as if they were aspects of science fiction. The Seven Beauties of Science Fiction describes science fiction as a constellation of seven diverse cognitive attractions that are particularly formative of science-fictionality. These are the 'seven beauties' of the title: fictive neology, fictive novums, future history, imaginary science, the science-fictional sublime, the science-fictional grotesque, and the Technologiade, or the epic of technsocience's development into a global regime."
"This remarkable book is full of fascinating ideas, resolutely stripped of academic jargon, and a worthy addition to the growing body of work devoted to deciphering the ancient ancestry and the many-faceted aesthetic of science fiction," says Gwyneth Jones, author of Bold as Love.
Istvan Csicsery-Ronay Jr. is co-editor of the journal Science Fiction Studies and the book Robot Ghosts and Wired Dreams: Japanese Science Fiction from Origins to Anime. Learn more about the professor in this previous story.Back