Saturday, December 27, 2008

Monstrous reading: the theme of Anti-Sacrifice in the Sci-Fi pulps

SF readers who aren’t easily spooked by polysyllabic words will enjoy “Monstrous Theologies: The Theme of Anti-Sacrifice in the Sci-Fi Pulps,” an online scholarly article by Thomas F. Bertonneau that was first published in Anthropoetics - The Journal of Generative Anthropology (Spring/Summer 2000).

If you survive the first sentence (“Science fiction is by widespread consensus the prose genre devoted to representing the precepts of the physical sciences -- the precepts of materialism -- diegetically: standard definitions of science fiction typically explicate the genre under the related rubrics of extrapolation and plausibility.”) you’ll find references to or insightful analysis of Martian SF works by H. G. Wells, Kim Stanley Robinson, C. L. Moore, Stanley G. Weinbaum, Leigh Brackett, Olaf Stapledon, and Edgar Rice Burroughs. Good luck!

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