Social Science Fiction & Twin Peaks


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Social Science Fiction & Twin Peaks (25:27)

The sub-genre of social science fiction can be considered alive and well since at least the 1700’s. We sketch out the speculative genre, pointing to a few classic examples before asking if Twin Peaks could be considered social science fiction. Would it change how we understand (or not understand) what’s going on in the 90’s classic TV show? Time, space, liminal places, gender, murder & ghosts. This episode will be sure to raise the hairs on your arms and a few eyebrows too. For an academic introduction to the study of genre, check out Neil Gerlach & Sheryl N. Hamilton's Introduction: A History of Social Science Fiction in Science Fiction Studies, 2003, Vol.30(2).

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Intro & OPutro music: Song "Soul Challenger" appearing on "Cullahnary School" by Cullah
Interlude music: “Vincent” appearing on “American Pie” (1971) by Don McLean. “Dream a Little Dream” appearing on “Dream a Little Dream” (1968) by Cass Elliot.
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