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Mroki przyszłości. O nurcie tzw. dark future w polskiej fantastyce naukowej
Darkness of the Future. On So-Called Dark Future Trend in Science-Fiction

Author(s): Adam Mazurkiewicz
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Studies of Literature, Polish Literature
Published by: Instytut Badań Literackich Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: science-fiction;myth of progress;dark future;motif of extermination

Summary/Abstract: The article shows that science-fiction writers oftentimes resort to the myth of progress due to which their creativity tends to be seen as a fictionalised form of reflection over the possible forms of civilisation development. Most often the writers for the most part limit their visions to axiologically ambivalent images of future subjected to the dictate of omnipresent technology. At times, of which dark future pieces of literature is the evidence, the technology itself becomes the cause of fall of human societies. In the stories included into the trend, the motif of extermination is a self-contained value, the novelists often reach for the motifs of threat rooted in technology only for enjoyment. As a result, the pieces are first and foremost a source of escapist play due to which social and civilisational fears of humanity are made real and degraded.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 139-154
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: Polish