The all-new essays in this book respond to the question, How do spaces in science fiction, both built and unbuilt, help shape the relationships among humans, other animals and their shared environments? Spaces, as well as a sense of place or belonging, play major roles in many science fiction works. This book focuses especially on science fiction that includes depictions of the future that include, but move beyond, dystopias and offer us ways to imagine reinventing ourselves and our perspectives; especially our links to and views of new environments.
There are ecocritical texts that deal with space/place and science fiction criticism that deals with dystopias but there is no other collection that focuses on the intersection of the two. The essays in this volume treat Shelley's Frankenstein, Capek's War with the Newts, William Morris's News from Nowhere, Le Guin's The Word for World Is Forest, Delany's Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand, Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Marge Piercy's He, She, It, Neal Stephenson's Anathem, Amitav Ghosh's Calcutta Chromosome and Cormac McCarthy's The Road.
Susan M. Bernardo teaches science fiction, literary theory and courses in 19th century British Literature at Wagner College, where she is Professor of English. She lives in Glen Gardner, New Jersey. Donald E. Palumbo is a professor of English at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. He lives in Greenville. C.W. Sullivan III is Distinguished Professor of arts and sciences at East Carolina University and a full member of the Welsh Academy. He is the author of numerous books and the on-line journal Celtic Cultural Studies.