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Map of the History of Science Fiction

March 21, 2011

Brooklyn-based artist Ward Shelly has compiled a map of science fiction starting with the early twining of “fear and wonder” and moving through most of western thought. Gilgamesh gets an early shout out near the top left, but the important role of the Bible seem to has been glossed over. However one interprets the fantastical elements in the biblical accounts, its narrative influence cannot (and should not) be ignored. For example, it’s hard to imagine or understand Rutger Hauer in Blade Runner without reference to the Bible.

(HT: Strange Maps)

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