Science Fiction Fools
As much as the genre is concerned with portraying brilliant, often mad, scientists modeled on the cultural capital of Einstein’s celebrity, science fiction has a nearly equal investment in the character of the fool. C-3PO, Bill and Ted, Verence (Pratchett), and Merry and Pippin, for example, function as much more than foils to main characters; their bumbling and clever idiocies are mainstays for the genre. What is the nature of the sustained relationship between science fiction and fools? How does the genre adapt this archetype, or how has the role of the fool changed the genre? What is the connection between science/technology and idiocy?