Gerry Canavan

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SF Quote of the Night – 2

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In fact, this simultaneous adoption by the genre’s writers, readers and theorists of SF’s self-declared “rationalist” agenda, and their clear-sightedness about the spuriousness of its predicates, is an important reminder of the fact that the purchase of ideology, in all spheres, is dependent on the persuasive power not of its specific and explicit truth-claims, but of the ideological project as a self-sustaining totality. The lies of ideology, in other words, do not necessarily do their job by being believed, but by hegemonising a conceptual agenda irrespective of whether they are believed.
—China Miéville, “Cognition as Ideology”

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April 8, 2010 at 11:16 pm

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  1. That’s almost identical to what Zizek says about ideology.


    April 8, 2010 at 11:52 pm

  2. Sounds interesting. Is the whole thing available to read somewhere on the web?


    April 9, 2010 at 9:20 am

  3. Alex, yeah, he definitely reminded me of Z. Therem, I’m not sure — I know it’s in the book “Red Planets: Marxism and Science Fiction” but I’m not sure if it’s been published anywhere else.


    April 9, 2010 at 9:31 am

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