publication . Article . 2014

Science Fiction and Life after Death

Burt, Stephen Louis;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2014
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (OUP)
Abstract
Science fiction (SF) is, and has been since its inception as a self-conscious genre, centrally and persistently interested in presenting some version of or figure for an afterlife, some way to survive the death of the body, some place where our consciousness might live on after we die. We can find representations of an afterlife within every period of SF properly so-called, from late-nineteenth-century “scientific romance” to Campbellian magazine fiction, to the New Wave of the 1960s, to the present day; within every subgenre specific to SF (time travel, space opera, postapocalyptic fiction, first contact story, and so on); and within the works of most, if not a...
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