, however imperfectly, takes its audience outside of the
norms and conventions that structure everydaylife; this may simply be
a liberation from real-time and real-space, but equally it provides an
opportunity for the radical formation of new times and spaces.
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Fictional worlds necessarily have limits – the limits of what is (for audience and author) possible – but, generally speaking, the more flagrantly
a text promotes itself as fiction, the greater are its opportunities to test