n Mousaion - A model for the selection of science fiction

Volume 21, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0027-2639



Science fiction has become a popular, powerful and prolific fiction genre with a strong corpus of academic study and criticism. It is viewed by many critics as being on the cusp of postmodernism, a significant body of contemporary literature, and a supreme expression of late capitalism. Very little research has been done into its selection, a vacuum which gave rise to this study. Survey research and a literature study were effected. Research evinced that no satisfactory evaluative criteria exist and that the existing theory of fiction selection is not always capable of guiding this process. A model including a scorecard with specially compiled criteria for evaluating items was designed. The model demonstrates that the selection of science fiction can be structured, controlled and guided within established parameters.

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