By Ellen J. Greenham
Back Cover Text
In this pioneering work of criticism, spanning the genres of weird fiction and science fiction,
Ellen J. Greenham examines H. P. Lovecraft’s influence on canonical science fiction
writers and the use of Lovecraft’s cosmicism as a lens through which selected works by Philip
K. Dick, Robert A. Heinlein, and Frank Herbert can be interpreted. Put simply, After
Engulfment examines the experience of being human in an impersonal universe.
In Greenham’s analysis, Lovecraft’s cosmicism offers human beings limited options in
madness or death as responses to the inescapable revelation of their own insignificance and
ephemerality in the universe. The neocosmicism of Dick, Heinlein, and Herbert offers another
pathway in the framework for how humans might respond when facing engulfment. Rather than yielding
to despair, neocosmicism offers an experience that leads to the revitalisation of the human’s
relationship with the universe it inhabits.
In its broad reach and keen, sensitive study of many of the leading texts of 20th-century horror
and science fiction, After Engulfment presents a new way of looking at Lovecraft and his
Ellen J. Greenham is a Lecturer in Career Learning at Murdoch University
Australia. She is the author of papers on Jim Morrison,
neocosmic apocalypse, and American and
Russian science fiction.
Glossary of Terms
Abbreviations for Major Works
Part I: Universe
Chapter 1: Universe and Cosmos
Part II: Cosmicism
Chapter 2: Cosmologies
Chapter 3: Fractured Universe
Chapter 4: Cosmicism Is
Part III: Neocosmicism
Chapter 5: Schizophrenic Universe
Chapter 6: Heimlich Universe
Chapter 7: Frozen Universe
Chapter 8: Perihelion
Chapter 9: Neocosmicism Is
Chapter 10: Aphelion
Chapter 11: Psychotic Universe
Chapter 12: Chimeras and Cannibals
Chapter 13: The Romance of the Universe
After Engulfment: Cosmicism and Neocosmicism in H. P. Lovecraft, Philip K. Dick, Robert A.
Heinlein, and Frank Herbert. By Ellen J. Greenham. New York, NY: Hippocampus Press; 2022;
ISBN 978-1-61498-377-4 (paperback); 342 pages.
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