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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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Series Liverpool science fiction texts and studies ; 55
Liverpool science fiction texts and studies ; 55.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 223-234) and index.
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.
Summary "This book explores the emergence and development of terraforming in science fiction from H.G. Wells's The War of the Worlds (1898) to James Cameron's blockbuster Avatar (2009). Terraforming is the process of making other worlds habitable for human life. Its counterpart on Earth--geoengineering--has begun to receive serious consideration as a way to address the effects of climate change. This book asks how science fiction has imagined the ways 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 stories by such writers as H.G. Wells and Olaf Stapledon in the UK; American pulp science fiction by Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein, and Arthur C. Clarke; the countercultural novels of Frank Herbert, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Ernest Callenbach; Pamela Sargent's Venus trilogy; Frederick Turner's epic poem of terraforming, Genesis; and Kim Stanley Robinson's acclaimed Mars trilogy. It explores terraforming as a nexus for environmental philosophy, the pastoral, ecology, the Gaia hypothesis, the politics of colonisation and habitation, tradition, and memory. This book shows how contemporary environmental awareness and our understanding of climate change are influenced by science fiction, and how terraforming in particular has offered scientists, philosophers, and many other readers a motif to aid in thinking in complex ways about the human impact on planetary environments. Amidst contemporary anxieties about climate change, terraforming offers an important vantage from which to consider the ways humankind shapes and is shaped by its world."--Page 4 of cover
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Language English.
Subject Science fiction -- History and criticism.
Environmentalism in literature.
Planets -- Environmental engineering.
Space colonies in literature.
Science and state.
Environnementalisme dans la littérature.
Planètes -- Technique de l'environnement.
Colonies spatiales dans la littérature.
Politique scientifique et technique.
Fiction and related items.
Science fiction.
LITERARY CRITICISM -- Science Fiction & Fantasy.
Environmentalism in literature. (OCoLC)fst01903139
Space colonies in literature. (OCoLC)fst01127668
Science fiction. (OCoLC)fst01108566
Environmentalism. (OCoLC)fst00913543
Planets -- Environmental engineering. (OCoLC)fst01065138
Science and state. (OCoLC)fst01108536
Indexed Term Literature
Media and Communications
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Criticism, interpretation, etc. (OCoLC)fst01411635
Other Form: Print version: Terraforming. Liverpool : Liverpool University Press, 2016 9781781382844 (DLC) 2016285174
ISBN 9781781384541 (electronic bk.)
1781384541 (electronic bk.)
9781781382844 (cased)
1781382840 (cased)
Standard No. 9781781384541
10.26530/OAPEN_608319 doi
AU@ 000058392733
AU@ 000060098076
AU@ 000060582371
GBVCP 1008666394
GBVCP 1030560927
AU@ 000070753537

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