I have to give a talk on a long book (TETRALOGOS, 620 pages) by the French philosopher François Laruelle, who claims to be doing philosophy that is the conceptual equivalent of science fiction.
Laruelle claims that the foundational core of the science fction he is looking for has three components:
1) quantum mechanics as the hard science infrastructure,
2) the epic of humanity’s voyage from Earth through the World to the Universe,
3) the transition from an unjust world to a just one.
I think that this programme is one-sided and incomplete, but it does describe a very interesting subset of SF. It would include STAR MAKER, DUNE, 2001 A SPACE ODYSSEY, ANATHEM, and THE BOOK OF THE NEW SUN.
Can anyone suggest any other great works of SF that are confirming examples for his programme?
Also, can anyone suggest any important counter-examples?
For example the novels of Alastair Reynolds rely mainly on relativistic physics as basic hard science framework, and the quantum effects are only marginally present.
Laruelle’s formula is: HS+SO+SU (hard science space opera struggle for utopia).
Yoon Ha Lee’s MACHINERIES OF EMPIRE trilogy fits this formula to a large extent. I have argued that it is not fantasy disguised as SF, and that its basic « hard » science is maths rather than physics, but this maths has « exotic » quantum-type applications, due to the interactions generated by properly conditioned populations of observers..
Laruelle argues that a maths foundation for SF or for PHI-F (philo-fiction) is inevitably too abstract, and that the same is true for relativistic physics. According to him, you need quantum physics to get a work that really engages with the Universe.
So any comments or suggestions?