Science fiction and critical theory to change the world is not to explore the moon it is to make the revolution and build socialism without regressing back to capitalism the rest including the moon will be given to us in addition louis althusser 1 definitions if by theory is meant an intellectual framework a problem. Freedman argues that not only do science fiction and critical theory have a major overlap but that science fiction can be considered a genre that is predisposed to critical theory and vice versa granted part of that connection comes from the definitions hes using for both. Critical theory and science fiction is not an easy read but ct never was or will be you dont have to agree with the marxist theories of bloch and adorno carl freedman uses to make his various points to appreciate his insights and the challenges he throws at the reader. Carl freedman traces the fundamental and mostly unexamined relationships between the discourses of science fiction and critical theory arguing that science fiction is or ought to be a privileged genre for critical theory he asserts that it is no accident that the upsurge of academic interest in science fiction since the 1970s coincides with
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