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Jack Fennell

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781781381199

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781381199.001.0001

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The Shape of Irish SF to Come

The Shape of Irish SF to Come

(p.214) 9. The Shape of Irish SF to Come
Irish Science Fiction

Jack Fennell


This chapter concludes the book by extrapolating potential future directions for Irish science fiction from the trends charted over previous chapters. Building upon the theoretical framework established in the Introduction, it begins with the argument that the limited nature of the ‘scientist class’ means that the lay community often develops a cargo-cult view of scientific research: civilization and progress thus become synonymous with technology and commodity fetishism. However, the same process creates fertile ground for pseudo-science, the foundation of science fiction. Ireland’s case is somewhat different because, in light of the fact that science did not have a major impact on Irish popular culture until fairly recently, the ‘cargo cults’ tend to be political rather than technological, thus creating a sense that the future must be imported from elsewhere. This sense, along with a hypersensitivity to international attitudes and a ‘siege’ culture, will continue to affect Irish sf.

Keywords:   Irish science fiction, siege culture, cargo cult, pseudo science

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