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O polskiej literaturze fantastycznonaukowej lat 1990-2004
On Polish Science-Fiction Literature of the Years 1990–2004

Author(s): Adam Mazurkiewicz
Subject(s): Studies of Literature, Polish Literature
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Łódzkiego
Keywords: political fantasy;social fiction;science fiction;cyberspace
Summary/Abstract: There is a reason why this review of the latest science fiction works should start in 1990 as opposed to 1989. This date should be treated rather symbolically, not as marking the actual beginning of new trends in science fiction. At the same time, however, it is the year of publishing Marek Oramus' One Day’s Journey to Meoria (the original title: Dzień drogi do Meorii) – a novel that summarizes the previous formula of sociological fantasy, dominant since the end of the 1970s. [...] The end date is determined by the time of publication of the sketches collected here and the awareness of establishing new tendencies in science fiction in the first half of the present decade. Moreover, it should be remembered that the specificity of the historical and literary process is continuity, so all divisions must (due to this aspect) bear the hallmarks of artificiality. Since although it is possible to distinguish features typical for a given period and outline its boundaries on their basis, the absolute use of historical periodization must lead to misunderstandings. After all, specific dates are only approximate or even often conventional boundaries of cultural epochs.

  • Print-ISBN-13: 978-83-7525-117-3
  • Page Count: 287
  • Publication Year: 2007
  • Language: Polish