By Inez van der Spek
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In addition, the writings which are referred to range from serious extrapolations and speculations to dystopian criticism and hilarious satire. Particularly noteworthy, however, is the structural analogy between religious aspirations and science fiction with which Woodman concludes his overview. The bulk of science fiction writings is formulaic, according to him, and meant to entertain us and soothe us with predictable futures and safe horrors. 33 Nevertheless it is exactly science fiction’s ambivalent character, even displayed by the finest elaborations of the genre, that I appreciate.
The Eloi, in this manner, are not opposed so much to their oppressors, the bestial Morlocks, but rather to the time traveller. At the same time, Wells points to hard science as salvation. Women and science are irreconciliable, as Weena’s fear of matches and the Eloi’s neglect of the museum of natural history show. Again, the male scientist–explorer is the hero. 48 Roberts does not only point out the echoes of the female dystopia in Wells’ work, but also describes its legacy in the American pulp science fiction and fantasy magazines of the 1940s and 1950s, in particular as regards its cover art.
However, while this by and large applies to the United States, in my view this tends to ignore European science fiction writing. Unlike the American contributors to the subculture of SF pulp magazines (or ‘fanzines’), the contemporary European writers of what, in retrospect, can be called science fiction, were individuals, participating in mainstream literature. They were not driven by technological romanticism, like the writers and readers of the fanzines, but by the anxieties of the interbellum period.
Alien Plots: Female Subjectivity and the Divine in the Light of James Tiptree's A Momentary Taste of Being' (Liverpool University Press - Liverpool Science Fiction Texts & Studies) by Inez van der Spek