The Note Book
Coming into this city, you’re not entering an enclosed space, you’re crossing a border.
Science fiction is the only heroic fiction left today; it’s the only fiction today that admits there is a solution to its problems. Mainstream fiction is like looking in a mirror; SF is like looking through a door.
SF has liberated the content of fiction the way Proust and Joyce liberated language.
Dhalgren is essentially pure fantasy, in which I’ve tried to work all elements up to the richness of real people. So it has socially descriptive resonances but very few socially proscriptive.
Meaning space is a set of possibilities resulting from the interface of language and the world in the brain.
Meaning space is itself better considered a process than a substance. It is the interaction of language with sensory images or perhaps the range of potential interactions between language and sensory images.
If language is a tool, study it as you may, it will not yield you blue-prints of the houses it can build. If it is a game, examining the pieces will not give you the rules by which they are to move—though once we have the blue-prints, or the rules, we may remark what an apt tool we have for realizing the house, or how well the pieces fit the rules we now have.