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Consciousness, Literature, and Science Fiction


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Consciousness, Literature, and Science Fiction

By Kathleen Ann Goonan

"This article explores the connections between language, literature, and consciousness.

The first section discusses the possible origins of literature. Section two focuses on the

literature of the twentieth century and how it reflects a change in the way reality was

perceived by a great portion of the scientifically and culturally informed public. It

includes a discussion of C.P. Snow’s “The Two Cultures” lecture given at Cambridge in

1959, which explicated a split between the ways in which science and literature perceived

reality after Einstein’s revolutionary early papers, and relates this to Stephen Pinker’s

contention, in The Blank Slate, that the trends of Modernism and Postmodernism have

impeded the scientific sophistication of both the general reading public and academe.

The conclusion points to science fiction as an important literature, which links these, two

cultures."

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Hi Libra,

I have been meaning to read this article for quite some time, and I finally took the time to do so today. Food for thought for sure.
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The Best Books of Poetry For Every Kind of Science Fiction Fan

"All poetry is experimental poetry," Wallace Stevens once said. And the world of contemporary poetry is much like the world of fantastical and science fictional prose narratives. And if you value diversity, weirdness, and contradiction in your reading, you could do a lot worse than to develop a taste for both science fiction and poetry.


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Kewl!
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Hey Libra,

This is becoming a hot topic:

From the Golden Age of San Francisco Science-Fiction Poetry to the New Age of Quantum Poetics

We’d like to dig a little deeper into this science fiction and poetry thing. And since City Lights Books has a new must-read blog, we shall recommend this post by Andrew Joron: “Looking Back on my Origins as a Science-Fiction Poet in the World of Tomorrow.”


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The Science Fiction Poetry Association was founded in 1978 to bring together poets and readers interested in science fiction poetry. What is sf poetry? You know what they say about definitions—everybody has one. To be sure, it is poetry (we'll leave that definition to you), but it's poetry with some element of speculation—usually science fiction, fantasy, or horror. Some folks include surrealism, some straight science.

SFPA's founder, Suzette Haden Elgin, has shared her thoughts on sf poetry in the aptly titled "About Science Fiction Poetry." She treats the subject more fully in The Science Fiction Poetry Handbook, released from Sam's Dot Publishing in cooperation with SFPA. A complete table of contents is on the Handbook order page.

Examples of science fiction poetry abound. A selection of Editor's Choice poems are linked on the Star*Line archive page. Our Promotions page offers downloadable samplers. The Halloween page features the annual SFPA online poetry podcast. Visit SFPA's Markets page to find magazines specializing in genre poetry and the Links page for individual sf poets' websites. Our Speculative Poetry Books page contains a list of speculative poetry collections published within the last two years and links to booksellers. SFPA's official newsletter, Star*Line, publishes sf poetry and is a wonderful way to begin your poetic journey to the stars.


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