10 Themes Shared with Historical Fiction and Science Fiction

A fascinating article and worth a read if you like either Scifi or Historical.

http://io9.com/5860389/10-themes-shared-by-historical-fiction-and-science-fiction

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3 thoughts on “10 Themes Shared with Historical Fiction and Science Fiction

  1. Interesting. The analysis of Pynchon seems derived from reading a few jacket blurbs (echoed by the misspelling of his name), but some other points are very valid. (A very interesting essay could be written about the interplay of history and fiction in Pynchon’s novels — which he has handled very differently in different books — but starting from “historical fiction” and “science fiction” isn’t the way to do it.)

    The Middlemarch point is one that people often miss. When I first read the Sherlock Holmes stories, I assumed that they were written in the era of gaslight, hansom cabs, and telegrams, just because that’s when they were set. But that world was already ending when Doyle was writing the early stories. They had elements of nostalgia even then. Les Misérables was historical fiction even when it was first published. I imagine most readers have had a realization like this at some point.

    “…trying to wrap our minds around the idea that just a few decades ago, it never would have occurred to people that it’s a crime to abuse women.”

    I want to live in the alternate timeline where this was written, where it is generally understood and agreed upon that abusing women is a crime. Unfortunately, that is not the Earth where I live.

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