Red Planets: Marxism and Science Fiction (Marxism and Culture)

Red Planets: Marxism and Science Fiction (Marxism and Culture)

By: Mark Bould (editor), China Mieville (editor)Hardback

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Science fiction and socialism have always had a close relationship. Many sf novelists and filmmakers are leftists. Others examine explicit or implicit Marxist concerns. As a genre, sf is ideally suited to critiquing the present through its explorations of the social and political possibilities of the future. This is the first collection to combine analyses of sf literature and films within a broader overview of Marxist theorisations of and critical perspectives on the genre. This is an accessible and lively introduction for anyone studying the politics of sf, covering a rich variety of examples from Weimar cinema to mainstream Hollywood films, and novelists from Jules Verne and H.G. Wells to Kim Stanley Robinson, Ken MacLeod and Charles Stross.

About Author

Mark Bould is Reader in Film and Literature at the University of the West of England, co-editor of Science Fiction Film and Television and an advisory editor for Extrapolation, Historical Materialism, Paradoxa and Science Fiction Studies. His books include Film Noir: From Berlin to Sin City (2005), The Cinema of John Sayles (2009) and he is co-editor of The Routledge Companion to Science Fiction (2009). China Mieville is an independent researcher and an award-winning novelist. He is a member of the editorial board of Historical Materialism. Mieville's novel Perdido Street Station won the Arthur C. Clarke Award and was nominated for a British Science Fiction Association Award.


Introduction Rough Guide to a Lonely Planet, from Nemo to Neo, by Mark Bould Part One: Things to come 1. The Anamorphic Estrangements of Science Fiction, by Matthew Beaumont 2. Art as 'The Basic Technique of Life': Utopian Art and Art in Utopia in The Dispossessed and Blue Mars, by William J. Burling 3. Marxism, Cinema and Some Dialectics of Science Fiction and Film Noir, by Carl Freedman 4. Spectacle, Technology and Colonialism in Sf Cinema: The Case of Wim Wenders's Until the End of the World, by John Rieder Part Two: When worlds collide 5. The Singularity is Here, by Steven Shaviro 6. Species and Species Being: Alienated Subjectivity and the Commodification of Animals, by Sherryl Vint 7. Ken MacLeod's Permanent Revolution: Utopian Possible Worlds, History and the Augenblick in the Fall Revolution quartet, by Phillip Wegner Part Three: Back to the future 8. 'Madonna in moon rocket with breeches': Weimar sf film criticism during the stabilisation period, by Iris Luppa 9. The Urban Question in New Wave Sf, by Rob Latham 10. Towards a Revolutionary Science Fiction: Althusser's Critique of Historicity, by Darren Jorgensen 11. Utopia and Science Fiction Revisited, by Andrew Milner Afterword Cognition as Ideology: A Dialectic of Sf Theory, by China Mieville Appendices Left Sf: Selected and annotated, if not always exactly recommended, works Critical and theoretical works About the contributors Index Matthew Beaumont - University College, London Mark Bould - University of the West of England William J. Burling - Missouri State University Carl Freedman - Louisiana State University Darren Jorgensen - University of Western Australia Rob Latham - University of California at Riverside Iris Luppa - London South Bank University China Mieville - Birkbeck School of Law and Warwick University Andrew Milner - Monash University John Rieder - University of Hawai'i at Manoa, Steven Shaviro - Wayne State University Sherryl Vint - Brock University Phillip Wegner - University of Florida

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  • ISBN13: 9780745327310
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 304
  • ID: 9780745327310
  • ISBN10: 0745327311

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