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VSRI'14: Space, Science Fiction, and

the Absent Body in SF Magazine covers 1959-1969
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Kate Page-Lippsmeyer

on 1 April 2016

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Transcript of VSRI'14: Space, Science Fiction, and

Science Fiction Fandom
Kathryn Page-Lippsmeyer, PhD Candidate, USC
the wave
sci fi theory
Japan
the body
George Slusser
"[T]he purpose of sf art, in stark opposition to the 'erasures' of canonical art, is to revision a human face or form in [the] dark canvas of human science."
Samuel Delany
「Her world exploded.」
materialmeaning
psychological meaning
Unearthly Visions: Approaches to Science Fiction and Fantasy Art
"But what they were all doing, both the bad ones and the good ones, was developing a new way of reading, a new way of making texts make sense—collectively producing a new set of codes. And they did it, in their good, bad, and indifferent ways, by writing new kinds of sentences, and embedding them in contexts in which those sentences were readable. And whether their intentions were serious or not, a new way of reading is serious business.”
This magazine’s mission is to introduce modern science fiction’s mainstream, or masterpieces of the field, as one new literary form.
Fukushima Masami
Editors Note, Dec 1959 SF Magazine
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This magazine is the first earnest attempt to transplant foreign science fiction to our country's soil, and at the same time, be worth of our country's particular science fiction market.
...but other than that there are rich “future novels” that are developed cultural criticism guided by the intellect, science fiction suspense stories that cause chills and thrills, beautiful fantastic fiction that follows in the tradition of Poe, etc.
American Comparative Literature Association 2016 Conference
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