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By Gene Wolfe

There Are doorways is the tale of a guy who falls in love with a goddess from another universe. She flees him, yet he pursues her via doorways-interdimensional gateways-to the opposite position, decided to sacrifice his existence, if worthy, for her love. For in her global, to be her mate . . . is to die.

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The verb ‘to surf ’ the Web adds an even more quasi-physical dimension to information searching. However, it is the particular phrase ‘virtual reality’ (VR) that connects most directly with fictional representations of space. Dating again primarily from the 1980s, VR was promoted as an electronic recreational drug. In 1990, the Wall Street Journal 25 Voyages into space In his original call for explorations of inner space, Ballard primarily suggests a turn away from tales of space journeys and not necessarily a move towards psychological exploration.

The ‘mentality’ of the triffids or the sea creatures is never known. In The Midwich Cuckoos (1957), however, we have a quasi-human invasion of a village representative of middle England. Reports of an unidentified flying object over the village of the title are followed by a mysterious blank-out of the village, during which time all women of child-bearing age are impregnated. The resulting children all bear an uncanny resemblance to each other, having identical composite features, which leads the narrator to describe them as abstractly ‘foreign’, without any similarity to another race.

Throughout the first half of the 20th century, the space voyage became one of the staple ingredients of science fiction. One of the most famous novels to use this pattern was A. E. Van Vogt’s The Voyage of Space Beagle (1950, a ‘fix-up’ from previous short stories), whose title echoes Charles Darwin’s naturalist journal of his travels round the world, The Voyage of Beagle (1839). The purpose of Van Vogt’s voyage is scientific exploration for the Nexial Foundation, and he applies a Darwinian presumption that contact with other species will produce conflict.

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