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Green Planets
Ecology and Science Fiction
Gerry Canavan, ed.; Kim Stanley Robinson, ed.




Wesleyan
2014 • 312 pp. 2 illus. 6 1/8 x 9 1/4”
Science Fiction / Literary Criticism - Science Fiction

$27.95 Paperback, 978-0-8195-7427-5
$85.00 Hardcover, 978-0-8195-7426-8

$21.99 Ebook, 978-0-8195-7428-2

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“…A fascinating rumination on how environmental thought and concern has been received by science fiction.”
Ryder Miller, Portland Book Review

Essays exploring the relationship between environmental disaster and visions of apocalypse through the lens of science fiction

Contemporary visions of the future have been shaped by hopes and fears about the effects of human technology and global capitalism on the natural world. In an era of climate change, mass extinction, and oil shortage, such visions have become increasingly catastrophic, even apocalyptic. Exploring the close relationship between science fiction, ecology, and environmentalism, the essays in Green Planets consider how science fiction writers have been working through this crisis. Beginning with H. G. Wells and passing through major twentieth-century writers like Ursula K. Le Guin, Stanislaw Lem, and Thomas Disch to contemporary authors like Margaret Atwood, China Miéville, and Paolo Bacigalupi—as well as recent blockbuster films like Avatar and District 9—the essays in Green Planets consider the important place for science fiction in a culture that now seems to have a very uncertain future. The book includes an extended interview with Kim Stanley Robinson and an annotated list for further exploration of “ecological SF” and related works of fiction, nonfiction, films, television, comics, children’s cartoons, anime, video games, music, and more.

Contributors include Christina Alt, Brent Bellamy, Sabine Höhler, Adeline Johns-Putra, Melody Jue, Rob Latham, Andrew Milner, Timothy Morton, Eric C. Otto, Michael Page, Christopher Palmer, Gib Prettyman, Elzette Steenkamp, Imre Szeman.

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Reviews / Endorsements:

"[Some chapters] throw up ideas you will want to develop in entirely different directions from those taken by the authors […] The book certainly fills a gap in the market and offers an invaluable starting point upon which, hopefully, other scholars will build."Lawrence Osborn, Interzone

“This is a serious study of the relationship between ecological science, the politics and activists of environmentalism, and modern science fiction, a subject Robinson famously explored in his Mars trilogy. …This analyses [sic] the mythology of extraordinary crises, real and imagined, and the human response of real or imagined science.”Fortean Times

“These are well documented essays explicating a variety of SF texts, both written and film, many of which have characters and themes directly related to ecology.”Bruce Lindsley Rockwood, SFRA Review

“The book posits a fundamental opposition in the genre: the future-technological city (Utopia) versus the pastoral Arcadia: each believing the other one to be the true dystopia. Add to this our ecological crisis, and you have the situation all these SF essays confront in so topical and stimulating a way. This seems to me a truly timely and contemporary, innovative collection, breaking new ground for literature and perhaps for reality as well.”—Fredric Jameson, William A. Lane, Jr., Professor of Comparative Literature, Professor of Romance Studies, Duke University

Green Planets is solid gold in terms of the breadth of the primary and secondary sources treated and the ways that the authors seamlessly intercalate their theoretical starting points and their literary examples.”—Patrick D. Murphy, author of Transversal Ecocritical Praxis

“This book combines high-quality scholarship, well-known and up-and-coming authors, and scintillatingly new and relevant topics. It will set the standard for green science fiction studies, documenting the serious role that science fiction has to play in literary and cultural studies exploring the extremely pressing environmental issues of the twenty-first century.”—Heather Sullivan, professor of German and comparative literature, Trinity University



GERRY CANAVAN is an assistant professor of English at Marquette University, and coeditor of the forthcoming Cambridge Companion to American Science Fiction. KIM STANLEY ROBINSON Is the author of myriad novels and stories, including most recently Shaman and 2312. He has won the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards for science fiction.



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