Parables of Freedom and Narrative Logics

Positions and Presuppositions in Science Fiction and Utopianism

by Darko Suvin (Author) Eric Smith (Volume editor)
Monographs XLII, 666 Pages


This major two-volume collection presents Darko Suvin’s critical meditations on science fiction and utopia from the late 1960s through the early years of the new millennium, excluding only the landmark monographs Metamorphoses of Science Fiction, Victorian Science Fiction , and Defined by a Hollow . From essential programmatic statements charting the parabolic logic of science fiction and establishing the parameters of a theoretically supple and rigorously historical SF criticism to confrontations with both a postmodernist abdication of politics and a «neutral» sociology of literature, these writings reflect the evolving thought of the preeminent contemporary theorist of science fiction.  Underpinned by a method of heretical cognition and the steadfast insistence of utopian possibility, the varied essays, interviews, poems, and polemics presented here—encompassing four decades of sustained thought on the topic—offer up the affirmation of freedom as the truest horizon of science fiction.


XLII, 666
ISBN (Book)
Publication date
2021 (July)
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, New York, Wien, 2021. XLII, 666 pp., 6 fig. b/w, 4 tables.

Biographical notes

Darko Suvin (Author) Eric Smith (Volume editor)

Darko Suvin is Professor Emeritus at McGill University and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He is the author of numerous books and hundreds of essays on topics in utopianism and science fiction, comparative literature, dramaturgy, theory of literature, theatre and cultural theory. He is also the author of three volumes of poetry. Eric D. Smith is Professor of English at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He is the author of Globalization, Utopia, and Postcolonial Science Fiction: New Maps of Hope and many essays on postcolonial literature, Modern British literature, and popular cinema.


Title: Parables of Freedom and Narrative Logics