"America is a nation of liars, and for that reason Science Fiction has a special claim to be our national literature, as the art form best adapted to telling the lies we like to hear and to pretend we believe."
Thomas Disch, The Dreams Our Stuff is Made Of, How Science Fiction Conquored the World.
The book is, so far, a comprehensive, insightful, relentlessly cynical of SciFi, and I can't put it down. So far I've gone through Disch's analysis of Poe as SciFi's "embarrassing ancestor" and his reading of the bigger meaning of the rocket. Eye-opening and deflating all at the same time.