The Theme of First Contact in the SF Works of Arthur C. Clarke

  • Zoran Živković
Part of the Science and Fiction book series (SCIFICT)


The “first contact” theme in science fiction is characterized by its two generically different kinds of protagonist: the human and the alien. The notion of alien characters in fiction introduces a fundamental confusion, the resolution of which depends on what we would term the “artistic coherence” of the “first contact” theme: namely, is it at all possible to imagine and conjure up from a human perspective something essentially alien? The degree of difference between the human and alien protagonists in the “first contact” does not have to be absolute, of course, but the problem then changes in the quantitative and not the qualitative sense.

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  • Zoran Živković
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  1. 1.BelgradeSerbia

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