Thursday, 20 March 2008
Tragedy is SF
Tragedy is art that parses death. We are fascinated with tragedy because we are all going to die. By the same token, death is never in our present, it is always in our future. In other words, tragedy is the art of the future. Another name for the art of the future is science fiction. Tragedy is SF. (Hence Frankenstein's mythos: that to bring life into the world is also to bring death; or the Time Traveller's lesson, that absolute freedom leads inevitably to the terminal beach; or Childhood's End, where the survival of our children is our own annihilation. This is precisely the tragic dialectic).