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date: 26 February 2020

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This chapter aims to survey one of the most influential transformations in critical approaches to science fiction since the mid-1980s. Specifically, it maps what has become an increasingly widespread critical appreciation of science fiction as not only a narrative genre but also a mode of discourse, one among many current discourses seeking to cognitively map our lives in Western technoculture. In many contemporary analyses, SF serves not only as a narrative project finely attuned to the technocultural environment, but also as a kind of image bank through which to orient our lives in this environment. Often the impetus for this valorization of SF as a privileged technocultural discourse is the perceived breakdown in conventional ways of experiencing historical time, frequently figured as the collapse of the distance between the present and the future into a kind of future-present.

Keywords: science fiction, technoculture, genre, mode of discourse, future-present

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