La crise de la SF... des années 30

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En lisant l'excellent "The time Machines", un essai de Mike Ashley consacré aux magazines et pulps anglo-saxons de SF jusqu'aux années 50, je tombe sur le passage suivant (P. 75) :

... Looking back at science-fiction during the mid-1930s reveals a world in turmoil. At the time the field was still reeling with its romps with he super-science epic, and it was struggling to understand its real form and being. But the world about it would not allow it to settle. Science-Fiction could not escape the financial restraints of the economic Depression that had gripped the world during the past few years. Neither could it escape the desire of its fans to see science-fiction take bold and exciting new steps. And neither could it avoid the inevitable market pressure that would see popular science fiction and hard-core science fiction start to move apart, something that would rend the field during the next decade...

Bref, dans les années 1930, la SF était en crise : crise économique, crise d'auto-définition du genre, crise de désamour des fans déçus par le manque d'ambition du genre, crise opposant la SF populaire et la SF la plus avancée, etc.
Heureusement que les choses ont évolué en 80 ans, sinon vous imaginez dans quelle situation on se trouverait, à l'heure actuelle ?

Jean-Claude Dunyach
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