• Science Fiction is a rapidly growing genre that seems to have started in the pulps of the 40's. The genre has had to live down its reputation a facile, highly conventionalized, mediocre area of artistic expression. In the last decade or so, critical recognition has come, however, along with an appraisal of those writers writing well before the pulp explosion of the 40's who are considered significant in the development of the genre. There is no agreement on what exactly constitutes a work of Science Fiction. The boundaries remain hazy. What is generally agreed upon is the highly symbolic nature of much of the writing and the social visions, both utopic and dystopic, that inform it. Such visions almost invariably involve science, technology, and speculative models of possible human experience.
  • Science Fiction is a rapidly growing genre that seems to have started in the pulps of the 40's. The genre has had to live down its reputation a facile, highly conventionalized, mediocre area of artistic expression. In the last decade or so, critical recognition has come, however, along with an appraisal of those writers writing well before the pulp explosion of the 40's who are considered significant in the development of the genre. There is no agreement on what exactly constitutes a work of Science Fiction. The boundaries remain hazy. What is generally agreed upon is the highly symbolic nature of much of the writing and the social visions, both utopic and dystopic, that inform it. Such visions almost invariably involve science, technology, and speculative models of possible human experience.