Bergsonian Science-Fiction: Deleuze, Eshun, and Thinking the Reality of Time

Alphaville Redux and Some Notes on Time

The Tragic Community

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“To be more precise, science fiction is neither forward-looking nor utopian. Rather, in William Gibson’s phrase, science fiction is a means through which to preprogram the present…Looking back at the genre, it becomes apparent that science fiction was never concerned with the future, but rather with engineering feedback between its preferred future and its becoming present […] Science fiction operates through the power of falsification, the drive to rewrite reality, and the will to deny plausibility, while the scenario operates through the control and prediction of plausible alternative tomorrows.”

– Kodwo Eshun, Further Considerations on Afrofuturism

“A book of philosophy should be in part a very particular species of detective novel, in part a kind of science fiction…Following Nietzsche we discover, as more profound than time and eternity, the untimely: philosophy is neither a philosophy of history, nor a philosophy of the eternal, but untimely, always and only untimely –…

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