Science Fiction Protocols

This paper traces a progression towards more intense social satire in the heavily plotted albums, and, as Zappa’s critique expands to comment on real or potential abuses of authority in American society, he comes more and more to employ science fiction (SF) poetics and tropes, what I term here “science fiction protocols”.

The Science Fiction Protocols of Frank Zappa (long, slightly Watsonian read, but looks interesting)

One Response to “Science Fiction Protocols”

  1. Balint says:


    This weekend I made a little reading-session (the print & read method), and I must tell I liked it, it was interesting! Meanwhile I also read Zappaology by Chris Federico, and that one was not so good. I’ll try to find some time (and lace…) to explain it.

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