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Science Fiction and Empire - Liverpool Science Fiction Texts and Studies




[Science fiction (SF) has historically been perceived as a genre of the fabulous, a form of writing far outside the canon of ‘literature’, one that lacks boundaries, connections with reality or formal precedent. To some, that perception may be a vital attraction or a critical downfall.

What is the purpose of a genre which deals with the extremes of our imagination? Indeed, is there a purpose? Does SF exist as a socially acceptable method of expressing those wild ideas for which there are few other public forums?

Admittedly, many SF narratives are romantic fantasy: that is, they present caricatures from the human imagination, and are derivative and quick to resort to a deus ex machina. Yet the SF genre cannot so easily be reduced to an assembly of remnants from other styles of writing mingled with exciting gadgets and exotic backgrounds, nor can its appeal and longevity be dismissed as the lure of scientific romance. Beneath a sometimes superficial appeal, SF is responsible for opening a variety of legitimate and strategic cultural discourses. It is in these cultural disquisitions that we discover the fundamental power and rationale of a genre that ultimately contributes to the knowledge and awareness humanity has of itself...]


Contents

Introduction

1. The Self and Representations of the Other in Science Fiction 

2. Resistance Is Futile: Silencing and Cultural Appropriation 

3. The Word for World Is Forest: Metaphor and Empire in Science Fiction 

4. Things Fall Apart: Relativity, Distance and the Periphery

5. Moments of Empire: Perceptions of Lasswitz and Wells 

6. Exoticising the Future: American Greats

7. The Shape of Things to Come: Homo futuris and the Imperial Project 

8. A Postcolonial Imagination: Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars 

9. Beyond Empire: Meta-empire and Postcoloniality 

Conclusion 
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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