Monday, June 09, 2008
Received a copy of a just-released book by John Rieder, Colonialism and the Emergence of Science Fiction, in the mail today. Read through a little over half of this 183 page book during breaks at work today and I hope to have a review written in the next few days. Promising, so far, although there certainly will be a few places where I'll have questions.
Premise is pretty good, according to the book blurb: Rieder "proposes that the profound ambivalence that pervades colonial accounts of the exotic 'other' establishes the basic texture of much science fiction, in particular its vacillation between fantasies of discovery and visions of disaster."
Or to put it another way, how did these so-called "discoverers" come to view themselves in light of their "discoveries?" That is a question that has occupied my thoughts every now and then. I'll try to explore this later, but if any want to add their 2¢, feel free to do so.