Social science fiction.
Dissertation Abstracts International; Dissertation Abstract International; 68-09A.
Summary: This project considers the work of John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, and Robert A. Heinlein to show how their activities promote a new collectivity aligned against master narratives. Originally successful, social science fiction is disparaged in favor of the new wave because in its critique social science fiction appropriates certain fantasies of technocratic discourse. The Star Trek television series (live action and animated) and Stanley Kubrick's film 2001: A Space Odyssey both interrogate the solid subject positions of earlier practitioners. Unfortunately, the critique of social science fiction made during the new wave makes a lasting impression on the critical imagination, leaving an important exemplar of cultural resistance to go unstudied. Using a cultural studies approach inspired by Michael Denning, this study demonstrates how the authors in this study predict the contingent communities that embrace new media at the end of the century and offers an antecedent to help direct media projects in the future.