By Stanisław Lem
Bringing his dual presents of medical hypothesis and scathing satire to undergo on that hapless planet, Earth, Lem sends his unfortunate cosmonaut, Ijon Tichy, to the 8th Futurological Congress. stuck up in neighborhood revolution, Tichy is shot and so significantly wounded that he's flashfrozen to watch for a destiny treatment. Translated by means of Michael Kandel.
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Ballard, may insist on the zero-degree plausibility of untransformed language to evoke a frozen reality. Others may use satirical, symbolizing, uncanny, or prophetic registers. In all cases, sciencefictional neologisms will represent the social-evolutionary powers that dominate that fictive world’s history. Artists must consider whether their audiences will be willing to process their aesthetic information in the ways they wish, and whether audiences will be willing (or even able) to break away from routine interpretations to construct new designs that will accommodate the new techniques.
They are “phonetic neologisms,” whose only new aspect is their sound (448). Verbs are rare, and they too mainly act as phonic neologisms, often as euphemisms for well-known concepts. ) Spruiell believes that this lack of alien verbs may mean that sf authors recapitulate, consciously or unconsciously, a “contact-borrowing” paradigm. In the real world, most borrowed words are nominals, and in this sense at least the preponderance of neological nouns imitates usage. Another reason might be that less cognitive eﬀort is required from the author to make up nouns (447).
Communication with aliens, on the other hand, was proof positive of the rich diversity of culture, extended to the universe. 40 These esoteric séances profoundly influenced early sf ’s mental travel to other planets, such as Edgar Rice Burroughs’s Princess of Mars (1912) series, David Lindsay’s Voyage to Arcturus (1920), and Stapledon’s Star Maker (1937). Twentieth-century anthropological writing has provided a rich store of models and texts for sf. 41 These questions aﬀected not only their ongoing research projects, they also inspired a wholesale reevaluation of the history of the anthropological enterprise.