How to Draw Sci Fi Utopias and Dystopias

Rollins demonstrates the astounding power of science fictional storytelling with 32 step-by-step case studies invented just for the book.

Author: Prentis Rollins

Publisher: The Monacelli Press, LLC

ISBN: 9781580934466

Category: Art

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The far future is going to be very good, or very bad-depending on which science fiction creator you ask. Visions of the future in speculative sci-fi have almost always fallen somewhere along a visual/conceptual spectrum, ranging from the extremely hopeful at one end to the extremely dire at the other. Star Trekpresents us with a 23rd century in which poverty, warfare, and ignorance have all been virtually eradicated, and in which mankind is united in the exploration and peaceful colonization of the furthest regions of the galaxy. The Matrixtrilogy presents us with a 22nd century in which most of humanity is enslaved by machines that rule the Earth's ravaged surface, and in which the few not so enslaved endure a hideously impoverished existence deep underground. In all of pop culture-in literature, film, and comics-this pattern is evident, with visions of tomorrow falling somewhere on this scale of optimism versus pessimism. And in recent years, science fiction films and other productions with utopian/dystopian elements have been appearing at a feverish pace-think of The Hunger Gamesseries, the Divergentseries, The Walking Dead, Elysium, and the revived Star Trekand Star Warsfilms. All of this reflects a deep psychological need, which is universal and perennial. Conjuring visions of the future-both the beautiful and the horrifying varieties-is one of the ways in which we unify our understanding of the present, and come either to accept it or demand that it be changed. And our individual temperaments are our biggest (and always unspoken) premises in how we envision the future.
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The Furnace

Timely and heartfelt, Prentis Rollins’s graphic novel debut The Furnace is a literary science fiction glimpse into our future, for fans of Black Mirror and The Twilight Zone One decision.

Author: Prentis Rollins

Publisher: Tor Books

ISBN: 9781250213242

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

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Timely and heartfelt, Prentis Rollins’s graphic novel debut The Furnace is a literary science fiction glimpse into our future, for fans of Black Mirror and The Twilight Zone One decision. Thousands of lives ruined. Can someone ever repent for the sins of their past? When Professor Walton Honderich was a young grad student, he participated in a government prison program and committed an act that led to the death of his friend, the brilliant physicist Marc Lepore, and resulted in unimaginable torment for an entire class of people across the United States. Twenty years later, now an insecure father slipping into alcoholism, Walton struggles against the ghosts that haunt him in a futuristic New York City. With full-color art and a cutting-edge critique of our increasingly technological world, The Furnace speaks fluently to the terrifying scope of the surveillance state, the dangerous allure of legacy, and the hope of redemption despite our flaws. “Surreal and evocative, The Furnace is a great critique of technology and the human condition.” —John Jennings, illustrator for the New York Times #1 bestseller Octavia Butler’s Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
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The Jekyll Island Chronicles Book Three A Last Call

Ed Crowell is a white water , science fiction , history , and mystery ... Survival Machine ( Stories ) , How to Draw Sci - fi Utopias and Dystopias ...

Author: Steve Nedvidek

Publisher: Top Shelf Productions

ISBN: 9781684069903

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

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Cities burn, electricity crackles, and the world hangs in the balance as the award-winning alternate-history graphic novel trilogy comes to a stunning conclusion! The action picks up where The Jekyll Island Chronicles (Book Two): A Devil’s Reach left off: the cabal of anarchists, known internationally as Zeno, have stolen the plans to a Nikola Tesla’s Death Ray and intend to build it and use it first on the heroes of Jekyll. Meanwhile, Tesla and his contemporaries Charles Proteus Steinmetz and Henry Ford work against the clock to come up with an improbable chance to render the weapon useless. For their biggest challenge yet, our heroic regulars—mechanically-limbed Peter Karovik, electrically-powered Helen Huxley, high-flying Billy Colfield, and the brilliant cryptologist Solomon Taylor—must build an army of new heroes that join the battle royale on the tiny Georgia island of Jekyll. With more thrilling science-heroism than ever before, A Last Call completes the Jekyll Island trilogy as the forces of good stand up one last time against those seeking to burn the world.
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Tenses of Imagination

Raymond Williams on Science Fiction, Utopia and Dystopia Raymond Williams Andrew Milner. READING IO Utopia and Science Fiction ( 1978 ) Editor's ...

Author: Raymond Williams

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 3039118269

Category: Literary Criticism

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Raymond Williams was an enormously influential figure in late twentieth-century intellectual life as a novelist, playwright and critic, "the British Sartre," as The Times put it. He was a central inspiration for the early British New Left and a close intellectual supporter of Plaid Cymru. He is widely acknowledged as one of the "founding fathers" of cultural studies, who established "cultural materialism" as a new paradigm for work in both literary and cultural studies. There is a substantial secondary literature on Williams, which treats his life and work in each of these respects. But none of it makes much of his enduring contribution to utopian studies and science fiction studies. This volume brings together a complete collection of Williams's critical essays on science fiction and futurology, Utopia, and dystopia, in literature, film, television, and politics, and with extracts from his two future novels, The Volunteers (1978) and The Fight for Manod (1979). Both the collection as a whole and the individual readings are accompanied by introductory essays written by Andrew Milner. "With the twenty-first-century reader very much in mind, Andrew Milner's selection of texts offers a new, `alternative' Raymond Williams - the critic and occasional author of science fiction, the futurologist, the wary, self-questioning Utopian thinker for whom intellectual pessimism is a lazy response and never the last word." Professor Patrick Parrinder, University of Reading "The future was the ultimate stake in all Raymond Williams's thinking and writing, as Andrew Milner simply and powerfully shows us now, by assembling a volume of writings on science fiction and utopianism that turns out to be a very substantial, wide-ranging reader in Williams's work as a whole. The defining importance of `the sense of the future,' as he called it, the future as the essential discipline of political and moral imagination, is the lesson of this very welcome collection." Professor Francis Mulhern, Middlesex University
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Locating Science Fiction

tion' with the real: the whole point of utopia or dystopia is to acquire some ... but in each case drawing on “'science”, in its variable definitions' ...

Author: Andrew Milner

Publisher: Liverpool University Press

ISBN: 9781846318429

Category: Art

Page: 244

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In Locating Science Fiction, Andrew Milner looks at science fiction within the context of a host of other genres—including fantasy, romance, and the thriller—and explores the historical and geographic contexts of science fiction's emergence and development. Bringing in Raymond Williams's cultural materialism, Pierre Bourdieu's sociology of culture, and Franco Moretti's application of world systems to literary studies, he offers a persuasive, synthetic, and ultimately new mode of science fiction analysis that will become essential reading.
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The Body Divided

Some imagined futures will be described as fact, others as fantasy; ... fiction - including science fiction and speculative fiction, utopian and dystopian ...

Author: Dr Sarah Ferber

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 9781409482840

Category: Medical

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Bodies and body parts of the dead have long been considered valuable material for use in medical science. Over time and in different places, they have been dissected, autopsied, investigated, harvested for research and therapeutic purposes, collected to turn into museum and other specimens, and then displayed, disposed of, and exchanged. This book examines the history of such activities, from the early nineteenth century through to the present, as they took place in hospitals, universities, workhouses, asylums and museums in England, Australia and elsewhere. Through a series of case studies, the volume reveals the changing scientific, economic and emotional value of corpses and their contested place in medical science.
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Encyclopedia of Literature and Politics S Z

... new eclecticism in the genre , as they draw on the resources of hard SF , utopian and dystopian fiction , cyberpunk , and fantasy , among other forms .

Author: M. Keith Booker

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0313335680

Category: Politics and literature

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More than 500 alphabetically arranged entries by more than 200 expert contributors overview the complex relationship between literature and politics.
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The Encyclopedia of the Novel

Major science fiction would again appear from the Soviet bloc, ... the genre as they draw upon the resources of hard science fiction, utopias and dystopias, ...

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Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781405161848

Category: Literary Criticism

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Now available in a single volume paperback, this advanced reference resource for the novel and novel theory offers authoritative accounts of the history, terminology, and genre of the novel, in over 140 articles of 500-7,000 words. Entries explore the history and tradition of the novel in different areas of the world; formal elements of the novel (story, plot, character, narrator); technical aspects of the genre (such as realism, narrative structure and style); subgenres, including the bildungsroman and the graphic novel; theoretical problems, such as definitions of the novel; book history; and the novel's relationship to other arts and disciplines. The Encyclopedia is arranged in A-Z format and features entries from an international cast of over 140 scholars, overseen by an advisory board of 37 leading specialists in the field, making this the most authoritative reference resource available on the novel. This essential reference, now available in an easy-to-use, fully indexed single volume paperback, will be a vital addition to the libraries of literature students and scholars everywhere.
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Science Fiction and Innovation Design

The predominance of science in science fiction probably distinguishes works ... connections between science fiction and utopia and dystopia [WIL 78].

Author: Thomas Michaud

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781119779582

Category: Computers

Page: 240

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Science fiction is often presented as a source of utopia, or even of prophecies, used in capitalism to promote social, political and technoscientific innovations. Science Fiction and Innovation Design assesses the validity of this approach by exploring the impact this imaginary world has on the creativity of engineers and researchers. Companies seek to anticipate and predict the future through approaches such as design fiction: mobilizing representations of science fiction to create prototypes and develop scenarios relevant to organizational strategy. The conquest of Mars or the weapons of the future are examples developed by authors to demonstrate how design innovation involves continuous dialogue between multiple players, from the scientist to the manager, through to the designers and the science fiction writers.
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Scraps Of The Untainted Sky

Science Fiction, Utopia, Dystopia Thomas Moylan ... Drawing on Gilles Deleuze's reconsideration of the polarity of sadism and masochism, Jameson argues ...

Author: Thomas Moylan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429977039

Category: Social Science

Page: 408

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Dystopian narrative is a product of the social ferment of the twentieth century. A hundred years of war, famine, disease, state terror, genocide, ecocide, and the depletion of humanity through the buying and selling of everyday life provided fertile ground for this fictive underside of the utopian imagination. From the classical works by E. M. Forster, Yevgeny Zamyatin, Aldous Huxley, George Orwell, and Margaret Atwood, through the new maps of hell in postwar science fiction, and most recently in the dystopian turn of the 1980s and 1990s, this narrative machine has produced challenging cognitive maps of the given historical situation by way of imaginary societies which are even worse than those that lie outside their authors' and readers' doors.In Scraps of the Untainted Sky , Tom Moylan offers a thorough investigation of the history and aesthetics of dystopia. To situate his study, Moylan sets out the methodological paradigm that developed within the interdisciplinary fields of science fiction studies and utopian studies as they grow out of the oppositional political culture of the 1960 and 1970s (the context that produced the project of cultural studies itself). He then presents a thorough account of the textual structure and formal operations of the dystopian text. From there, he focuses on the new science-fictional dystopias that emerged in the context of the economic, political, and cultural convulsions of the 1980s and 1990s, and he examines in detail three of these new "critical dystopias:" Kim Stanley Robinson's The Gold Coast, Octavia Butler's The Parable of the Sower , and Marge Piercy's He, She, and It .With its detailed, documented, and yet accessible presentation, Scraps of the Untainted Sky will be of interest to established scholars as well as students and general readers who are seeking an in-depth introduction to this important area of cultural production.
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Mind Style and Cognitive Grammar

As science fiction writer Ursula Le Guin (2009) observes, 'One of the things ... whether 'utopian', 'dystopian' or somewhere in between (Passell 2013).

Author: Louise Nuttall

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350010550

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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Mind Style and Cognitive Grammar advances our understanding of mind style: the experience of other minds, or worldviews, through language in literature. This book is the first to set out a detailed, unified framework for the analysis of mind style using the account of language and cognition set out in cognitive grammar. Drawing on insights from cognitive linguistics, Louise Nuttall aims to explain how character and narrator minds are created linguistically, with a focus on the strange minds encountered in the genre of speculative fiction. Previous analyses of mind style are reconsidered using cognitive grammar, alongside original analyses of four novels by Margaret Atwood, Kazuo Ishiguro, Richard Matheson and J.G. Ballard. Responses to the texts in online forums and literary critical studies ground the analyses in the experiences of readers, and support an investigation of this effect as an embodied experience cued by the language of a text. Mind Style and Cognitive Grammar advances both stylistics and cognitive linguistics, whilst offering new insights for research in speculative fiction.
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Popular Fiction and Social Change

A straightforward descriptive account of the history of utopian and dystopian speculation in futuristic fiction. Jackson, R., Fantasy: The Literature of ...

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Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 9781349158560

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Restless Subjects in Rigid Systems

... and specifically Marxist – theorizations of utopia, interesting structural analyses of utopian (and dystopian) representations in science fiction, ...

Author: Susanne Wegener

Publisher: transcript Verlag

ISBN: 9783839424162

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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The anticipatory logic of speculation and preemptive politics of risk are increasingly gaining significance in a globalizing neoliberal world. This study traces risk and speculation as aesthetic and political-economic strategies in factual and fictional discourses emerging at the North American Pacific Rim within a decade around 2000. Its exemplary close readings in particular focus on three fictional texts (Kathryn Bigelow's Hollywood film »Strange Days«, 1995, Karen T. Yamashita's novel »Tropic of Orange«, 1997, and Larissa Lai's novel »Salt Fish Girl«, 2002) whose intricate aesthetics pass perceptive critique on concurrent political-economic discourses and their subtle reconfiguration of race, class, and gender. The speculative near-future scenarios projected by these artifacts expose the rise of risk as a new rationality of governance. At the same time they illustrate neoliberal speculation as a new paradigm of subject formation at a hyper-capitalist, millennial Pacific Rim.
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Beyond the Black Atlantic

Poetics, a different view emerges, one in which technology and utopia are ... Albinski, N.B., 'A Survey of Australian Utopian and Dystopian Fiction', ...

Author: Walter Goebel

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134151592

Category: Literary Criticism

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Debates about the ‘Black Atlantic’ have alerted us to an experience of modernization that diverges from the dominant Western narratives of globalization and technological progress. This outstanding volume expands the concept of the Black Atlantic by reaching beyond the usual African-American focus of the field, presenting fresh perspectives on postcolonial experiences of technology and modernization. A team of renowned contributors come together in this volume in order to: redefine and expand ideas of Black Atlantic challenge unified concepts of modernization from a postcolonial perspective question fashionable concepts of the transnational by returning to the local and the national offer new approaches to cross-cultural mechanisms of exchange explore utopian uses of technology in the postcolonial sphere. Exploring a variety of national, diasporan and transnational counternarratives to Western modernization, Beyond the Black Atlantic makes a valuable contribution to the fields of postcolonial, literary and cultural studies.
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The Nowhere Bible

Utopia, Dystopia, Science Fiction Frauke Uhlenbruch ... I am more pessimistic that it is possible to draw reliable conclusions about the reality behind the ...

Author: Frauke Uhlenbruch

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110414172

Category: Religion

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The Bible contains passages that allow both scholars and believers to project their hopes and fears onto ever-changing empirical realities. By reading specific biblical passages as utopia and dystopia, this volume raises questions about reconstructing the past, the impact of wishful imagination on reality, and the hermeneutic implications of dealing with utopia – “good place” yet “no place” – as a method and a concept in biblical studies. A believer like William Bradford might approach a biblical passage as utopia by reading it as instructions for bringing about a significantly changed society in reality, even at the cost of becoming an oppressor. A contemporary biblical scholar might approach the same passage with the ambition of locating the historical reality behind it – finding the places it describes on a map, or arriving at a conclusion about the social reality experienced by a historical community of redactors. These utopian goals are projected onto a utopian text. This volume advocates an honest hermeneutical approach to the question of how reliably a past reality can be reconstructed from a biblical passage, and it aims to provide an example of disclosing – not obscuring – pre-suppositions brought to the text.
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The Post Soviet Politics of Utopia

Language, Fiction and Fantasy in Modern Russia Mikhail Suslov, Per-Arne Bodin ... are used to draw illustrative pictures of particular political projects.

Author: Mikhail Suslov

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781788317061

Category: Political Science

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More than 700 'utopian' novels are published in Russia every year. These utopias – meaning here fantasy fiction, science fiction, space operas or alternative history – do not set out merely to titillate; instead they express very real Russian anxieties: be they territorial right-sizing, loss of imperial status or turning into a 'colony' of the West. Contributors to this innovative collection use these narratives to re-examine post-Soviet Russian political culture and identity. Interrogating the intersections of politics, ideologies and fantasies, chapters draw together the highbrow literary mainstream (authors such as Vladimir Sorokin), mass literature for entertainment and individuals who bridge the gap between fiction writers and intellectuals or ideologists (Aleksandr Prokhanov, for example, the editor-in-chief of Russia's far-right newspaper Zavtra). In the process The Post-Soviet Politics of Utopia sheds crucial light onto a variety of debates – including the rise of nationalism, right-wing populism, imperial revanchism, the complicated presence of religion in the public sphere, the function of language – and is important reading for anyone interested in the heightened importance of ideas, myths, alternative histories and conspiracy theories in Russia today.
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Utopia and Dystopia in the Age of Trump

Paul Meehan, Tech Noir: The Fusion of Science Fiction and Film Noir (Jefferson ... For another perspective on Blade Runner 2049's failure to draw audiences, ...

Author: Barbara Brodman

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781683931683

Category: Social Science

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Utopia and Dystopia in the Age of Trump focuses on utopias and dystopias that either prefigure or suggest alternatives to the rise of individuals such as Donald J. Trump and the changing conditions of America we now see around us. These topical studies provide compelling reading for both the general reader and the specialist.
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Methods for Social Theory

In science fiction and utopias/ dystopias the scenario technique is mixed with ... Probably they mostly concern two areas, both related to the drawing-up of ...

Author: Jan Ch. Karlsson

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781317097006

Category: Social Science

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This book constitutes a practical guide to the important skills of both theorizing and writing in social scientific scholarship, focusing on the importance of identifying relations between concepts that are useful for explaining social entities and of producing a text that convincingly advances the theory that has been constructed. Taking as its point of departure the distinction between the research process and the reporting process – between clarifying one’s ideas to oneself and writing to express these ideas clearly to others – this volume concentrates on writing when theorizing as a way of thinking, emphasizing the series of relations that exist between ontology, epistemology and rhetoric upon which successful theoretical writing depends. Richly illustrated with practical examples, the book is divided into two parts, the first of which presents techniques for theorizing based upon visualized and logical connections of ideas, concepts and empirical patterns in both free and systematic ways, and the second part providing techniques for structuring and presenting arguments in essays, papers, articles or books.As such, Methods for Social Theory offers a toolbox for the development and presentation of social thought, which will prove essential for students and teachers across the social sciences.
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Grasp That Reaches beyond the Grave The

I suggest that black women's science fiction or speculative fiction is the next ... science fiction, utopian and dystopian fiction, supernatural fiction, ...

Author: Venetria K. Patton

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9781438447384

Category: Social Science

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Explores black women writers’ treatment of the ancestor figure. The Grasp That Reaches beyond the Grave investigates the treatment of the ancestor figure in Toni Cade Bambara’s The Salt Eaters, Paule Marshall’s Praisesong for the Widow, Phyllis Alesia Perry’s Stigmata and A Sunday in June, Toni Morrison’s Beloved,Tananarive Due’s The Between, and Julie Dash’s film, Daughters of the Dust in order to understand how they draw on African cosmology and the interrelationship of ancestors, elders, and children to promote healing within the African American community. Venetria K. Patton suggests that the experience of slavery with its concomitant view of black women as “natally dead” has impacted African American women writers’ emphasis on elders and ancestors as they seek means to counteract notions of black women as somehow disconnected from the progeny of their wombs. This misperception is in part addressed via a rich kinship system, which includes the living and the dead. Patton notes an uncanny connection between depictions of elder, ancestor, and child figures in these texts and Kongo cosmology. These references suggest that these works are examples of Africanisms or African retentions, which continue to impact African American culture.
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Dystopias and Utopias on Earth and Beyond

Feminist Ecocriticism of Science Fiction Douglas A. Vakoch ... is to help grasp the complexity of present-day crises by drawing attention to human ...

Author: Douglas A. Vakoch

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000376357

Category: Literary Criticism

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Caught as we are in a grave climate crisis that seems more irreversible with every passing year, our literary portrayals of the future often feature the dystopian collapse of the world as we know it. Science fiction explores how we got here, while pointing toward a more hopeful path forward. From an ecofeminist perspective, a core cause of our current ecological catastrophe is the patriarchal domination of nature, playing out in parallel with the oppression of women. As an alternative to dystopian futures that seem increasingly inevitable, ecofeminist science fiction helps us conjure utopias that promote environmental sustainability based on more egalitarian human relationships. Dystopias and Utopias on Earth and Beyond: Feminist Ecocriticism of Science Fiction explores the fictional worlds of such canonical novelists as Margaret Atwood, Octavia Butler, Ursula K. Le Guin, Doris Lessing, and Joan Slonczewski, as well as those of lesser-known science fiction writers, as they collectively probe humanity’s greatest existential threats. Contributors from five continents provide compelling analyses of far future dystopias on Earth that are all too easy to imagine becoming reality if humankind’s current trajectory continues, as well as provocative insights into science fiction utopias set on idyllic planets orbiting distant stars, which offer liberatory alternatives that might someday be actualized in the real world. By examining the links between the destruction of the environment and the domination of women, Dystopias and Utopias on Earth and Beyond provides the tools to counteract those intertwined oppressions, helping create a foundation for a truly habitable world.
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