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Myths, Metaphors, and Science Fiction:  Ancient Roots of the Literature of the Future
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Myths, Metaphors, and Science Fiction: Ancient Roots of the Literature of the Future

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Author: Sheila Finch
Publisher: Aqueduct Press, 2014
Series: Conversation Pieces: Book 39
Book Type: Non-Fiction
Genre: Science-Fiction / Fantasy / Horror
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The great myths seek to explain us to ourselves -- our exploits, passions, triumphs, and failures. They can be found all over the world, often displaying remarkable similarity. Nobody -- scientist, seer or science fiction writer -- can reliably predict what will happen two days from now, let alone two millennia. Science fiction is really about us as humans -- living, loving, fighting, raising families -- but set in another place and time so that the message may get through without being censored by the self-protective function of our egos. This welcome discussion of the connections between future fiction and stories about human inception emphasizes how mythic roots contribute to the emotional power of narrative. Finch investigates the inexplicable awe and wonder that emanates from close encounters between myth and science fiction. This juxtaposition emphatically indicates that science fiction is the predominant mythic metaphor of our time.

-- Marleen S. Barr


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