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Irish Science Fiction

Jack Fennell


This book revisits a critical paradigm that has often been overlooked or dismissed by science fiction scholars - namely, that science fiction can be understood in terms of myth. For the purposes of this study, ‘myth’ is defined as an explanatory narrative, and this book builds upon the theory that myth is functionally similar to science: both are concerned with filling in ‘gaps’ in what is known, though the former fills those gaps with cultural logics (or ‘common sense’) while the latter uses testable hypotheses. Science fiction springs from pseudo-science rather than ‘proper’ science, becau ... More

Keywords: Irish science fiction, science fiction novels, science fiction short stories, myth, pseudo-sciences, lrish literature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9781781381199
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781781381199.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jack Fennell, author
University of Limerick