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Author Schmeink, Lars, author.

Title Biopunk dystopias : genetic engineering, society and science fiction / Lars Schmeink.

Imprint Liverpool : Liverpool University Press, 2016.


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Description 1 online resource (viii, 272 pages) : illustrations
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Series Liverpool science fiction texts and studies ; [56]
Liverpool science fiction texts and studies ; 56.
Note Print version record.
Contents Dystopia, science fiction, posthumanism, and liquid modernity -- The anthropocene, the posthuman, and the animal -- Science, family and the monstrous progeny -- Individuality, choice, and genetic manipulation -- The utopian, the dystopian, and the heroic deeds of one -- 9/11 and the wasted lives of posthuman zombies.
Summary 'Biopunk Dystopias' contends that we find ourselves at a historical nexus, defined by the rise of biology as the driving force of scientific progress, a strongly grown mainstream attention given to genetic engineering in the wake of the Human Genome Project (1990-2003), the changing sociological view of a liquid modern society, and shifting discourses on the posthuman, including a critical posthumanism that decenters the privileged subject of humanism. The book argues that this historical nexus produces a specific cultural formation in the form of "biopunk", a subgenre evolved from the cyberpunk of the 1980s. Biopunk makes use of current posthumanist conceptions in order to criticize contemporary reality as already dystopian, warning that a future will only get worse, and that society needs to reverse its path, or else destroy all life on this planet.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 247-265) and index.
Note This work is licensed by Knowledge Unlatched under a Creative Commons license
Language In English.
Subject Science fiction -- 21st century -- History and criticism.
Genetic engineering in literature.
Dystopias in literature.
Biotechnology in literature.
Fiction and related items.
Science fiction.
LITERARY CRITICISM -- Science Fiction & Fantasy.
Biotechnology in literature. (OCoLC)fst01201108
Dystopias in literature. (OCoLC)fst00900374
Genetic engineering in literature. (OCoLC)fst01903340
Science fiction. (OCoLC)fst01108566
Chronological Term 2000-2099
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Criticism, interpretation, etc. (OCoLC)fst01411635
Other Form: Print version: Schmeink, Lars. Biopunk dystopias : genetic engineering, society and science fiction. Oxford : Liverpool University Press, 2016 9781781383766
ISBN 9781781383322 (electronic bk.)
1781383324 (electronic bk.)
9781781383766 (hbk.)
Standard No. 9781781383766
AU@ 000061156244
CHNEW 000950657
CHVBK 483516171
GBVCP 1008667935
AU@ 000062526903

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