Future/Present: The End of Science Fiction

  • Veronica Hollinger


Science fiction is (once again) undergoing an identity crisis; or, to put it more extremely, science fiction is (once again) coming to an end.2 Like other postmodern subjects, it has become fragmented and decentred; its boundaries have become fluid and its outlines blurred. Science fiction is now, more clearly than ever, a subject-inprocess; its erstwhile ‘fixed’ identity has become indeterminate and changeable. The texts which today constitute it as a generic field have themselves become widely dispersed and wildly heterogeneous, and/as its interactions with time and history have undergone a series of sea-changes. This essay is an attempt to think about science fiction at once as an ‘impossible’ genre within the context of postmodernity and a particularly relevant discursive field within the same context.3


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