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MACHINERIES OF EMPIRE AND ITS SHADOW: mixed feelings on Yoon Ha Lee’s trilogy

In my last post I come to the conclusion that Yoon Ha Lee’s MACHINERIES OF EMPIRE is finally disappointing, in that it does not live up to its promise of an innovative military sf space opera that is both entertaining … Continue reading

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Yoon Ha Lee’s MACHINERIES OF EMPIRE: an incomplete subversion

I have defended the idea that Yoon Ha Lee’s NINEFOX GAMBIT was a genre-subverting military space opera that criticised the premises of military sf. This is why I opposed the Shadow Clarke Jury’s verdict that there was something wrong with … Continue reading

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MILITANT CRITIQUE OF MILITARY SF: the case of Ninefox Gambit and the Shadow Clarke Effect

Yoon Ha Lee’s NINEFOX GAMBIT is an innovative and dazzling science fiction novel in the genre of military space opera. It has produced contrasted reactions due to different perspectives based on differing perceptions of the speculative and ethical dimensions of … Continue reading

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SHADOW BOXING: ideological gambits and rhetorical stratagems in reviewing Yoon Ha Lee’s military space operas

via RAVEN STRATAGEM – Yoon Ha Lee (2017) This is a very clear and very well argued post. Even if we suppose that there are ideological presuppositions ingrained into the tropes and conventions of military space opera I think that … Continue reading

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BADIOU, RELIGIOSITY, AND TESTABILITY

I find Ian Hunter’s work on Badiou very interesting and useful, but I see no problem or uniqueness in the need for conversion that Hunter finds present in Badiou’s discourse, as it is a common requirement for any general philosophical … Continue reading

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READING “READING MARX” (4): OOO’s twofold supplementation

In sum, Zizek sees object-oriented ontology as attempting to supplement or replace the ontology of modern science with its own ontology of real objects and relations. “The problem with OOO is that its ontological premises seek either to supplement or … Continue reading

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READING “READING MARX” (3): Althusser un-Marxed

In the discussion of the possible relation between politics and ontology, how are we to distinguish extension theories, based on re-imagined reading and creative repetition of Marx, from replacement theories? What criteria can we use? THE APOPHATIC VEIL: withdrawal and … Continue reading

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