Lost in Space: Geographies of Science Fiction

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Rob Kitchin, James Kneale
A&C Black, 23.10.2005 - 224 Seiten
Science fiction - one of the most popular literary, cinematic and televisual genres - has received increasing academic attention in recent years. For many theorists science fiction opens up a space in which the here-and-now can be made strange or remade; where virtual reality and cyborg are no longer gimmicks or predictions, but new spaces and subjects.

Lost in space brings together an international collection of authors to explore the diverse geographies of spaceexploring imagination, nature, scale, geopolitics, modernity, time, identity, the body, power relations and the representation of space.

The essays explore the writings of a broad selection of writers, including J.G.Ballard, Frank Herbert, Marge Piercy, Kim Stanley Robinson, Mary Shelley and Neal Stephenson, and films from Bladerunner to Dark City, The Fly, The Invisible Man and Metropolis.

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1 Lost in space
1
alternative histories contingent geographies
17
3 Geographys conquest of history in The Diamond Age
39
4 Space technology and Neal Stephensbns science fiction
57
5 Geographies of power and social relations in Marge Piercys He She and It
74
geographical imaginings in the work of J G Ballard
90
city space and SF horror movies
104
the hysterical materialism of pataphysical space
123
motor pirates time machines and drunkenness on the screen
136
familiar geographies science fiction and popular physics
156
11 Murray Bookchin on Mars The production of nature in Kim Stanley Robinsons Mars trilogy
167
Frankenstein food factishes and fiction
180
References
193
Index
209
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Über den Autor (2005)

Rob Kitchin is Lecturer in Human Geography at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.

James Kneale is Lecturer in Human Geography at University College London.

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