Deconstructing the Starships: Science, Fiction and Reality by Gwyneth Jones PDF

By Gwyneth Jones

ISBN-10: 0853237832

ISBN-13: 9780853237839

The subject material of this assortment is different, yet screens Jones' stance as a training SF author and a feminist; the writing is characterized through either an incisive engagement with the texts and a refusal to decorate that engagement in jargon. This very readable e-book offers perception into the paintings of 1 of our best writers and provides powerful occasionally even subversive perspectives of quite a number glossy SF and fantasy.

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I’m sure, I repeat, firmly: and he looks very doubtful. I can tell he’s going to chuck that sheet away as a spoiled ballot. Then again, here’s a quote from a recent survey the Writer’s Guild did on the position of women writers. ’ I’m not like that, I don’t want to be like that. This playwright is a selfish infantile jerk and I despise per**. We run an equal opportunities house here, and it kills us both (two careers and a baby, you know the one) but I wouldn’t have it any different. Still, I admit I do sometimes fantasise about what life would be like for me as an artist, if I had a nice wife to look after the house and bring up my baby for me.

I will need a ready grasp of minute social and cultural details, which means that I can narrow the field a great deal. Realistically speaking, I had better stay close to my own time and cultural milieu. The most easily available and familiar historical world that an sf writer can hope to cannibalise and customise into a convincing future is the present day. At first sight this seems a promising place to start. The period from 1958 to 1988 has been quite unusually peaceful for those areas (the developed world) where technologically-assisted leisure activities form an important part of the majority of the people’s lives—and surely, if a period as short as thirty years is to produce significant developments in the way most people use their spare time, there must be peace, and there must be plenty.

They said all the things that I wanted them to say, about fuzzy logic, fudged results, disorder and nonlinearity. The much vaunted ‘scientific method’ is an ideological fiction, they yelled. It’s successful fiction, an enduring bestseller even, but it isn’t true. Holistic knowledge is no longer a crank book craze, its time has come. Big Daddy Science is entering a new era of honesty and openness… Well, this was all very nice, and saved me some discomfort. But my lady heckler was not convinced, and though as an sf writer I’m all for the new era, I love new eras, as an ideologue I’m not sure if the men in the metaphorical white coats can be trusted.

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