Thomas Pynchon and the Science Fiction Controversy



Since the publication of Gravity's Rainbow in 1973, Pynchon's "place" in American literature has been a matter of sweaty debate. He has been labeled an encyclopedist, an expressionist, a satirist, and a fabulist. Of course, the contemporary writer crosses currents in the literary mainstream like an undisciplined trout, and the critics, fastidious pigeon-holers that we may be, are bound and determined to find the one deep well that can rightly be called his home, the better to seize him there. So far, the results with Pynchon are more mixed than this metaphor.


How to Cite: Siegel, M. (1981) “Thomas Pynchon and the Science Fiction Controversy”, Pynchon Notes.(7). doi: