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First off, if you enjoyed Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell, you'll probably like this book too. Suvin begins the critique by separating Science Fiction from other genres, especially myth. He then proceeds to outline how SF literature has evolved from Utopia settings, to including journeys, to focusing on more social issues. This is a very interesting read for anyone well-versed in sci-fi, although I would recommend having some experience with both SF classics and modern lit before d ...more
If you ever want to understand science fiction or swim in the sea of literary criticism regarding this genre I'd say this is the starting point. It is no wonder authors such as Fredric Jameson have said that the field of science fiction studies is divided in pre and post-Suvin. His idea of cognitive estrangement helps us understand the difference between its "cousins" (such as fantasy fiction and utopian fiction) and the validity of the genre as a cultural form dedicated to deal with the modern ...more