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The first finished severe heritage of the origins and improvement of technological know-how fiction for plenty of many years, The Palgrave background of technology Fiction explores the style from a global standpoint and intensive. It covers SF from the traditional Greeks, in the course of the rebirth of the style on the Reformation, with distinctive assurance of eighteenth- and 19th- century technological know-how fiction, and a wide-ranging account of twentieth-century sci-fi in e-book, movie, televisual and comedian e-book varieties, concluding with an account of the present kingdom of the style.
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The strength of his generic paternity claim rests on two works among his many: the IκαρομNνιππο (Ikaromenippos) and the Aληθx Ιστορ α (Al[th[s Historia, the ‘True History’), both written sometime between AD 160 and 180. The first of these is a dialogue between Menippos and a friend, in which the former relates how he attached an eagle’s wing to his right arm and a vulture’s wing to his left, and used them to fly up to the heavens (in the manner of the myth of Ikaros, or Icarus; hence the title).
The important thing to realise about this conceptual set-up is that it makes a distinction, in a manner of speaking, between secular and divine heavens. Aristotle’s treatise on Meteorology (M,τ,ωρολογικ ν, c. 330 BC) discusses not only aspects of the weather such as thunder and lightning, rain and wind, but also a number of phenomena we would think of as astronomical (comets, for example, and the Milky Way) as if they were meteorological. 1 What is interesting here is the relative fluidity with which ‘sky’ and ‘outer space’ relate to one another in the Ancient mind.
In real life’ and ‘in SF’ My own training and biases as a critic have left me suspicious of binaries, and I worry that precisely such a binary model has emerged from this chapter of definitions. Any distinguishing of ‘realist’ and ‘science-fictional’, of course, occurs under the sign of erasure, as it were; and reading texts through these notional categories happens always with a sense of the ways in which the two terms bleed into one another, the ways in which SF writers utilise realist strategies, and ‘realism’ itself, are always contingent on the sorts of imaginative and speculative constructions that characterise SF.
The History of Science Fiction (Palgrave Histories of Literature) by Adam Roberts