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There is no such thing as science fiction

Bould, Mark; Vint, Sherryl


Mark Bould
Associate Professor in Film and Literature

Sherryl Vint


James Gunn

Marleen S Barr

Matthew Candelaria


Taking Tom Godwin’s classic – and controversial – sf short story ‘The Cold Equations’ as its starting point, this essay draws on contemporary genre theory and Bruno Latour’s science studies model of enrolment to argue that there is no such thing as science fiction – just an irresolvable series of discursive and material claims made for the genre’s existence and nature.

Publication Date Dec 9, 2008
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 43-51
Book Title Reading Science Fiction
ISBN 978-0230527188
APA6 Citation Bould, M., & Vint, S. (2008). There is no such thing as science fiction. In J. Gunn, M. S. Barr, & M. Candelaria (Eds.), Reading Science Fiction, 43-51. Palgrave Macmillan
Keywords 'The Cold Equations', genre theory, Bruno Latour, Tom Godwin