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Science Fiction and Myth Creation in Our Age
Science Fiction Studies
Vol. 31, No. 3, Soviet Science Fiction: The Thaw and After (Nov., 2004), pp. 345-357
Published by: SF-TH Inc
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4241282
Page Count: 13
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SF functions in contemporary life as a form of myth creation. Myth has a gnoseological function for archaic societies; it creates a whole world-picture by complementing accumulated empirical knowledge with analogies drawn from familiar experience. Thus world-models are structurally similar to myths, combining cognition and fiction. All writing that explains scientific knowledge at the level of popular consciousness also works in this manner; in the figures of sf, it overtly resembles myth creation.
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