chaostory (n)

A better word for “history,” or as I like to call it, “stories.”

According to Istvan Csicsery-Ronay, Jr., a man with a very complicated name, and the best Sci-Fi theoriest around:

“The most historians can do is to make tentative statements about causation with reference to plausible counterfactuals, constructed on the basis of judgments about probability. Finally, the probability of alternative scenarios can be inferred only from such statements by contemporaries about the future as have survived. These points could be held up as the manifesto for a “chaostory” — a chaotic approach to history.” (Seven Beauties of Sci-Fi, p. 97).

And yet historians think they have such a strangehold on truth claims! So cocksure those historians. That does it: from here on out I’m calling them “storians.”

Cf. historiosophy.

Future Shock (n)

The temporal version of “culture shock.”

From Csicsery-Ronay’s Seven Beauties of Science Fiction, Future Shock is “the difficulty of adapting to technoscientific innovations for which populations are not prepared, and which have made their deepest ethical and philosophical commitments seem obsolete.” Cf. colonial temporality: “third world,” etc.

According to C-R, “the postmodern era has become habituated to catastrophe, fascinated with the flood of historical innovations that seems to transform irreversible and beyond recognition the very historical forces that made them possible.”

chronoclasm (n)

chronoclastic (adj)

plural chronoclasms

  1. The intentional destruction of clocks and other time artifacts (politics)
  2. The desire to crush the prevailing sense of time, due to a conflict regarding the fixation of linear time in a community
  3. A temporarily frazzled mental state resulting from confusion over what time it is.
  4. (science fiction) An interference with the course of history caused by time travel.