sábado, 6 de dezembro de 2008

Aliens R Us - The Other in Science Fiction Cinema

Science fiction explores space – ‘in a galaxy far, far away’, The Outer Limits, Space: Above and Beyond. It projects us into imagined futures – ‘Beam me up, Scottie.’ Yet as a genre the space that science fiction most intimately explores is interior and human; to tell future stories
it recycles the structure and tropes of ancient narrative tradition and to devise dramatic tension it deploys issues and angst that are immediately present.

The fiction in science fiction is the fiction of space, outer space, and time, future time. Far from being the essential object of its concern the devices of space and time are window dressing,
landscape and backdrop. The ‘science’ offered by science fiction is populist dissection of the psyche of Western civilisation, its history, preoccupations and project of future domination – past, present and future.

Science fiction is a time machine that goes nowhere, for wherever its goes it materialises the same conjunctions of the spacetime continuum: the conundrums of Western civilisation. Science fiction shows us not the plasticity but the paucity of the human imagination that has become quagmired in the scientist industrial technological, culturo-socio-psycho babble of a single civilisational paradigm. Science fiction is the fiction of mortgaged futures.

As a genre it makes it harder to imagine other futures, futures not beholden to the complexes, neuroses and reflexes of Western civilisation as we know it. ‘Houston, we have a problem.’

Ziauddin Sardar

1. Delicatessen: Eco-Apocalypse in the New French Science Fiction Cinema
Sean Cubitt
2. Rewriting the ‘American Dream’: Postmodernism and Otherness in Independence Day
Jan Mair
3. Displacements of Gender and Race in Space: Above and Beyond
Nickianne Moody
4. Star Trek: First Contact: The Hybrid, the Whore and the Machine
Christine Wertheim
5. Japanimation: Techno-Orientalism, Media Tribes and Rave Culture
Toshiya Ueno
6. Wicked Cities: The Other in Hong Kong Science Fiction
Gregory B Lee and Sunny S K Lam
7. Saying ‘Yours’ and ‘Mine’ in Deep Space Nine
Kirk W Junker and Robert Duffy
8. False and Double Consciousness: Race, Virtual Reality
and the Assimilation of Hong Kong Action Cinema in The Matrix
Peter X Feng
9. Global Visions and European Perspectives
Dimitris Eleftheriotis

Notes on Contributors

Aliens R Us - The Other in Science Fiction Cinema
Edited by Ziauddin Sardar and Sean Cubitt [ Download ]