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Post-dog tales about human extinction

In: World Literature Studies, vol. 13, no. 1
Peter Sýkora Číslo ORCID
Rok, strany: 2021, 18 - 30
Jazyk: eng
Kľúčové slová:
Clifford D. Simak. “City.” Posthumanism. Human extinction. Post-dogs. John W. Campbell. Human nature.
Typ článku: štúdie / articles
Typ dokumentu: PDF
O článku:
Clifford D. Simak’s fixup novella City (1952) should be re-read as one of the first pieces of posthumanist science-fiction writing. This article argues that naming the book after the first story, and not after the fourth one, “Desertion”, was misleading because the book is not one of the “urban science-fiction stories”. City rather explores what would happen if people had the opportunity of instantly entering paradise (Nick Bostrom’s “posthuman mode of being”), even at the cost of deserting the human body. A further hypothesis suggested here is that John W. Campbell, the founding father of the Golden Age of Science Fiction, initially refused to publish “Desertion” and never published City’s final story, “The Simple Way”, in his iconic Astounding Science Fiction magazine, because the posthumanist character of these stories contradicted his “classical” view of science fiction.
Ako citovať:
ISO 690:
Sýkora, P. 2021. Post-dog tales about human extinction. In World Literature Studies, vol. 13, no.1, pp. 18-30. 1337-9275. DOI: https://doi.org/10.31577/WLS.2021.13.1.2

Sýkora, P. (2021). Post-dog tales about human extinction. World Literature Studies, 13(1), 18-30. 1337-9275. DOI: https://doi.org/10.31577/WLS.2021.13.1.2
O vydaní:
Vydavateľ: Ústav svetovej literatúry SAV
Publikované: 31. 3. 2021