Pamela Zoline or Pamela Lifton-Zoline is a writer and painter living in the United States in Garden City, NY: Doubleday, , pp. – Page, Alison. “‘The Heat Death of the Universe’ by Pamela Zoline: An Appreciation by Alison Page”. Pamela Zoline’s story The Heat Death of the Universe links the modern myths of science (entropy, etc.) as they are understood by the layman. The Heat Death of The Universe has 8 ratings and 2 reviews. Amanda said: So when Ballard did this in ‘The Atrocity Exhibition’ I was bamboozled, trying t.

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Indeed, of all my novels, this one—one of the most ambitious and complex—received the fewest reviews in the feminist press, because of its genre” x.

The Heat Death of The Universe by Pamela Zoline

On the contrary, I believe Suvin’s decision to draw an analogy between genre theory and thermodynamic theory is quite telling, and that such an analogy is precisely what is at issue in “Heat Death. Rose’s metaphoric reading, although it renders “Heat Death” thematically legible as sf, also forces metaphor to function according to the thhe of mundane fiction’s reading strategy. The critical possibilities of this specialized sf reading method make it the most suggestive interpretive frame in which to read “Heat Death.

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Metamorphoses of Science Fiction: As was the case with Rose, Suvin’s analysis would restrict our reading to the figural events in “Heat Death. Zoline adheres to a theory that would make genre a classificatory land of survival: However, Zoline also ridicules the most conventional means by which sf produces such cognitive estrangement—the alien from outerspace: Since some have questioned my statement that some people consider this story to zlline science fiction and the only answer so far basically takes the stance that no one zollne doeslet me elaborate on that a bit.

I hated the endless discussions of what to call various divisions of supernatural or science fantasy and refused to join in. Uiverse female response to Ballard’s intensely male and misogynistic Avant-garde approach? Saida Jaime added it Apr 02, She opens her mouth.

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It all proves futile though. Following Delany’s logic, to insist that Zoline uses thermodynamic theories as metaphors for the social condition of domesticity is to exclude the possibility deahh her tale is about the heat death of the universe. I’ve rarely been so moved by a story submitted to me.


After Class Writing: Zoline, “The Heat Death of the Universe”

As with the jelly beans this vivid colour smears away to reveal the void underneath. However, I want to articulate more precisely what he labels “escape. When I visited her she hardly knew me, can hardly speak, can’t keep herself clean, says Mrs.

University of Illinois Press, and Marleen S. What colour are Sarah Boyle’s eyes? Guille rated it really liked it Jul 29, By including “Heat Death” in the sf genre by way of a thematically structured model as Rose does, critics risk foreclosing the critical possibilities of the genre. In SF, we must retain the margin to read this sentence in such a way that a planet, belonging to some woman, blew up.


I first read this story in New Worlds: Moorcock was surprised by the difficulty of finding and publishing the unconventional new fiction he championed, as well as by its lukewarm reception:. This, however, is not where I want to locate the failure, since to find fault with a genre theory’s inability to fortify its borders would kniverse to lead us right back to the original problem of closed systems and increased entropy.

He did so for several reasons: It is a study in despair, quiet domestic terror, the unshowy tragedy of ordinary lives.

Asimov cited in Aldiss, Southern Illinois UP, A heuristic model is a theoretical structure based on analogy, which does not claim to be transcendentally or illusionistically “real” in the sense of mystically representing a palpable material entity, but whose use is scientifically and scholarly permissible, desirable, and necessary because of its practical results. Thus, although Zoline refers to Dada artists throughout “Heat Death” in what appears to be a celebration of their promotion of the contingency of aesthetic categories, she also seems to suggest that Dada’s failure is its inability to look beyond mere mirror reproductions.

Jaclyn Hogan rated it liked it Aug 22, Thus, my essay has come full circle, returning once again to the question of whether or not “Heat Death” can properly be included in a generic category called sf. Depending on where we draw the battlefront, we might imagine an attack on sf in general as Kurt Vonnegut has often been quoted: Here, a “real” Los Angeles functions as a metaphor for a “scientific” universe that remains only implicit.

Her choice of tropes would seem to suggest that New Wave writers, like Zoline, were raising questions of genre through their own textual manipulation of entropy and chaos. I felt there was more I could do with the title.


Boyle’s domestic sphere is presented as a possibly closed system analogous to the universe itself, and Boyle as subject to the ravages of literal and metaphorical entropy. I’m glad that I read that before I read this.

This, I am arguing, is Zoline’s project: Sarah Boyle imagines a whole world which has become like California, all topographical imperfections sanded away with the sweet-smelling burr of the plastic surgeon’s cosmetic polisher; a world populace dieting, leisured, similar in pink and mauve hair and rhinestone shades. Should such a string of words appear in a mundane fiction deatn, we would more than likely read it as an emotionally muzzy metaphor about the specifically emotional aspect of some incident in a female character’s life.

Link Thread – Reply. Nor would Zoline necessarily be positioned as the victim in this generic war; after all, the New Wave writers were often dfath by the sf establishment of the late s as the agressors, as those who were transforming the landscape of sf.

Elizabeth Hewitt- Generic Exhaustion and the “Heat Death” of Science Fiction

I didn’t really enjoy reading it. It is this necessary cause that occasions my reservations about this construction of the sf genre. I had to proceed slowly to develop not only the fiction I wanted but also the kind of readership I needed.

Delany, in a reflection on Derrida’s “The Law of Genre,” argues: Yet, New Worlds’ implicit revisionary generic project—the articulated desire for its writing to move beyond “the stockades of ordinary science fiction”—cannot be extricated from the pragmatics of marketing genre fiction Aldiss I am not interested finally in whether or not “Heat Death” should be allowed into the sf corpus according to Suvin or anyone elsebut rather, I am concerned with the implications of any given genre theory’s ability to purge individual texts on the basis of figural dissimulation.

Lacking such a “novum”—for both suburban housework and thermodynamic theory are very much part of contemporary social organization and physics—”Heat Death,” by Suvin’s logic, lacks the necessary cause to be sf. Again, this paradox corresponds to the second law of thermodynamics, which speculates that an increase in entropy is the necessary result of a thermodynamically closed system.