Lost in Space: Geographies of Science Fiction
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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3 Geographys conquest of history in The Diamond Age
4 Space technology and Neal Stephensbns science fiction
5 Geographies of power and social relations in Marge Piercys He She and It
geographical imaginings in the work of J G Ballard
city space and SF horror movies
the hysterical materialism of pataphysical space
motor pirates time machines and drunkenness on the screen
familiar geographies science fiction and popular physics
11 Murray Bookchin on Mars The production of nature in Kim Stanley Robinsons Mars trilogy
Frankenstein food factishes and fiction
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