Red Planets : Marxism and Science Fiction

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  • Copyright: 2009-09-08
  • Publisher: Univ Pr of New England
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Science fiction and socialism have always had a close relationship. Many science fiction novelists and filmmakers have used the genre to examine explicit or implicit Marxist concerns. Red Planets is an accessible and lively account, which makes an ideal introduction to anyone interested in the politics of science fiction. The volume covers a rich variety of examples from Weimar cinema to mainstream Hollywood films, and novelists from Jules Verne, H. G. Wells, Philip K. Dick, and Thomas Disch to Ursula K. Le Guin, Kim Stanley Robinson, Ken MacLeod, and Charles Stross. Contributors include Matthew Beaumont, William J. Burling, Carl Freedman, Darren Jorgensen, Rob Latham, Iris Luppa, Andrew Milner, John Rieder, Steven Shaviro, Sherryl Vint, and Phillip Wegner.

Author Biography

MARK BOULD teaches film and literature at the University of the West of England. He is the author of Film Noir: From Berlin to Sin City (2005) and The Cinema of John Sayles (2008), and coeditor of The Routledge Companion to Science Fiction (2009). CHINA MIEVILLE is an independent researcher and novelist. He won the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Perdido Street Station (2000) and Iron Council (2004), the British Fantasy Award for The Scar (2002), and the Locus Award for Best Young Adult Book for Un Lun Dun (2007).

Table of Contents

Series Prefacep. ix
Introduction: Rough Guide to a Lonely Planet, from Nemo to Neop. 1
Things To Come
The Anamorphic Estrangements of Science Fictionp. 29
Art as 'The Basic Technique of Life': Utopian Art and Art in Utopia in The Dispossessed and Blue Marsp. 47
Marxism, Cinema and some Dialectics of Science Fiction and Film Noirp. 66
Spectacle, Technology and Colonialism in SF Cinema: The Case of Wim Wenders' Until the End of the Worldp. 83
When Worlds Collide
The Singularity is Herep. 103
Species and Species-Being: Alienated Subjectivity and the Commondification of Animalsp. 118
Ken MacLeod's Permanent Revolution: Utopian Possible Worlds, History and the Augenblick in the Fall Revolution Quartetp. 137
Back to the Future
'Madonna in moon rocket with breeches': Weimar SF Film Criticism during the Stabilisation Periodp. 159
The Urban Question in New Wave SFp. 178
Towards a Revolutionary Science Fiction: Althusser's Critique of Historicityp. 196
Utopia and Science Fiction Revisitedp. 213
Afterword Cognition as Ideology: A Dialectic of SF Theoryp. 231
Appendicesp. 249
About the Contributorsp. 280
Indexp. 283
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