Gerry Canavan

the smartest kid on earth

SF Quote of the Night

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To the extent that SF claims to be based on “science,” and indeed on what is deemed “rationality,” it is based on capitalist modernity’s ideologically projected self-justification: not some abstract/ideal “science,” but capitalist science’s bullshit about itself.
—China Miéville, “Cognition as Ideology”

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  1. That’s a pretty broad statement aimed at “SF” generally. Methinks the “bullshit” gun is aimed in the wrong direction.

    Bill Simmon

    April 9, 2010 at 9:36 am

  2. Well, to put Mieville in a little more context, he’s talking specifically about the difference before sometimes try to throw up between science fiction and fantasy: that science fiction is “grounded” by science while fantasy is totally decoupled from reality. His point is that the science in most science fiction is really “science” — that is, nonsense — and that accordingly we should remember that we’re mostly talking about a rhetoric of truthiness (“capitalist science’s bullshit about itself”) rather than actual truth…

    gerrycanavan

    April 9, 2010 at 11:33 am


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