I don’t have enough time and skills to translate my writings, but fortunately there are friendly comments which can give you a good idea of what I try to theorize. There was a recent post on The Global Sociology Blog which synthesizes a series of arguments I tried to develop about science-fiction and social theory (this summarizing post on this very informative blog is entitled “Social-Scientific Analysis of Science-Fiction”). These arguments were presented on my blog as parts of a paper prepared for a conference in Cerisy-la-Salle (“How to dream science-fiction today?”, July 2009).
My line of reasoning ventures beyond the narrative dimension and is built on three steps. First, I show that science-fiction has a wealth of thought experiments to draw on. Then, I consider the works in this genre as a way of problematizing (in the Foucauldian sense) science and technology and their consequences on social and political systems. Third, I show that, behind the apparent diversity, science-fiction deals with social change as underlying theme. For all these reasons, I conclude by saying that science-fiction should not only be regarded as a thinking tool, but that it could also help to build some sort of collective reflexivity and responsibility towards the future.
The paper can be downloaded in French.