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Author Pak, Chris, author.

Title Terraforming : ecopolitical transformations and environmentalism in science fiction / Chris Pak.

Publication Info. Liverpool : Liverpool University Press, 2016.


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Description 1 online resource (256 pages)
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Series Liverpool Science Fiction Texts and Studies
Liverpool science fiction texts and studies.
Summary Terraforming is the process of making other worlds habitable for human life. Its counterpart on Earth - geoengineering - is receiving serious consideration as a way to address climate change. Contemporary environmental awareness and our understanding of climate change is influenced by science fiction, and terraforming in particular has offered scientists, philosophers, and others a motif for thinking in complex ways about our impact on planetary environments. This book asks how science fiction has imagined how we shape both our world and other planets and how stories of terraforming reflect on science, society and environmentalism. It traces the growth of the motif of terraforming in science fiction from H.G. Wells's The War of the Worlds (1898) to James Cameron's blockbuster Avatar (2009), in stories by such writers as Olaf Stapledon, Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein, Arthur C. Clarke, Frank Herbert, Ursula K. Le Guin, Ernest Callenbach, Pamela Sargent, Frederick Turner and Kim Stanley Robinson. It argues for terraforming as a nexus for environmental philosophy, the pastoral, ecology, the Gaia hypothesis, and the politics of colonisation and habitation. Amidst contemporary anxieties about climate change, terraforming offers an important vantage from which to consider the ways humankind shapes and is shaped by their world.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
Contents Introduction : terraforming : engineering imaginary environments -- Landscaping nature's otherness in pre-1960s terraforming and proto-Gaian stories -- The American pastoral and the conquest of space -- Ecology and environmental awareness in 1960s-1970s -- Edging towards an eco-cosmopolitan vision -- Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars trilogy -- Conclusion.
Subject Science and state.
Science fiction.
Planets -- Environmental engineering.
Fiction and related items.
Science fiction.
LITERARY CRITICISM -- Science Fiction & Fantasy.
Environmentalism. (OCoLC)fst00913543
Planets -- Environmental engineering. (OCoLC)fst01065138
Science and state. (OCoLC)fst01108536
Science fiction. (OCoLC)fst01108566
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Pak, Chris. Terraforming : Ecopolitical Transformations and Environmentalism in Science Fiction. Oxford : Liverpool University Press, 2016
ISBN 9781781384541 (electronic bk.)
1781384541 (electronic bk.)
Standard No. 9781781384541

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