Posted by sfinsider on május 21st, 2009
Jó kis idézet. Olvassátok:
The neologism is central to sf writing, where it often also gives body to the novum. The novum, a term coined by Darko Suvin (though I read about it first in Samuel Delany), is, if you like, a unit of novelty in science fiction. A visible point of difference, a discontinuity from the commonly-understood present day. The time machine, the invisible man — these are nova. The storied line from Robert Heinlein — “the door dilated” — contains within it a novum, and the other touchstone of written sf. Differently-pressured language. In science fiction, the sentence “she opened her eyes” can mean two different things. That is, in the belief of many people, why a significant percentage of the audience is repulsed by written sf — because it demands you process its information in radically different ways, all the time. Some people feel like sf is trying to trick them with every line. I’ve heard it suggested that sf’s long reputation as infantile literature comes not only from the dismal writing and adolescent concerns of much of the genre’s history, but also that to a certain section of the populace it feels like someone’s trying to pull a gag over on them.