Download Red Planets: Marxism and Science Fiction by Mark Bould, China Miéville PDF

By Mark Bould, China Miéville

Technological know-how fiction and socialism have continuously had an in depth courting. Many technological know-how fiction novelists and filmmakers have used the style to check particular or implicit Marxist issues. pink Planets is an available and full of life account, which makes a great advent to someone drawn to the politics of technology fiction. the quantity covers a wealthy number of examples from Weimar cinema to mainstream Hollywood movies, and novelists from Jules Verne, H. G. Wells, Philip okay. Dick, and Thomas Disch to Ursula ok. Le Guin, Kim Stanley Robinson, Ken MacLeod, and Charles Stross. participants comprise Matthew Beaumont, William J. Burling, Carl Freedman, Darren Jorgensen, Rob Latham, Iris Luppa, Andrew Milner, John Rieder, Steven Shaviro, Sherryl Vint, and Phillip Wegner.

Show description

Read or Download Red Planets: Marxism and Science Fiction PDF

Similar criticism & theory books

Abolishing Death: A Salvation Myth of Russian Twentieth-Century Literature

The assumption of abolishing demise was once probably the most influential myth-making recommendations expressed in Russian literature from 1900 to 1930, specifically within the works of writers who attributed a "life-modeling" functionality to paintings. To them, paintings was once to create a lifestyles so aesthetically geared up and excellent that immortality will be an inevitable final result.

A ''strange sapience'': the creative imagination of D.H. Lawrence

The purpose of this booklet is twofold: to use the elemental insights of psychoanalytic proposal to D. H. Lawrence and his works and to reach at a deeper appreciation of artistic strategies more often than not. even supposing Lawrence himself was once severe of psychoanalysis as a self-discipline, he however created a memorable physique of fiction that probed the fight of individuals attempting to in achieving wholeness within the face of constricting mental and environmental stumbling blocks.

Dostoevsky's religion

Any reader of Dostoevsky is straight away struck by way of the significance of faith in the global of his fiction. That stated, it's very tricky to find a coherent set of spiritual ideals inside Dostoevsky’s works, and to argue that the author embraced those ideals. This e-book offers a trenchant reassessment of his faith by way of displaying how Dostoevsky used his writings because the automobile for an extreme probing of the character of Christianity, of the person that means of trust and doubt, and of the issues of moral habit that come up from those questions.

Additional resources for Red Planets: Marxism and Science Fiction

Sample text

32 The missiles, which with one exception remain inscrutable to the inhabitants of this landscape, are an anamorphic stain on this Constableseque England. Like the skull in H olbein’s painting, these unidentified flying objects cast profound, penetrating shadows across the normal everyday space they traverse. They denote death of course; and the nuclear warhead is in this sense only an ancient death’s head reconsituted in the peculiar socio­ economic conditions of the late twentieth century. They also represent the anamorphic point from which the stabilities of this parallel, pre-industrial earth are undermined, and its pretty landscape is reconfigured, in a quietly, intermittently cataclysmic process, as an ugly smear.

Disch’s 334 (1972) reveal the dystopianism of the ‘empirically’ real world from which the SF text is supposed to distinguish itself. SF’s ability to think about the same kind of urban spaces and problems analysed by David Harvey and Manuel Castells suggests a potential dialogue that M arxist criticism never pursued. Darren Jorgensen, engaging more directly with 1970s Marxist SF theory and criticism, argues that it is haunted by - and predicated upon - the failures of May 1968 that are evident in the canonisation of Philip K.

163. Macherey’s description o f this dialectical process of winning ‘rectitude’ from ‘a radical diversity’ (Theory o f Literary Production, p. 182) resonates with the ‘standardization on an IN TRO D U C TIO N : ROUGH GUIDE TO A LONELY PLANET 44. 45. 46. 47. 48. 49. 50. 51. 52. 53. 54. 55. 56. 57. 58. 59. 25 unparalleled new scale’ that Jameson associates with the consolidation of the world market (‘Notes on Globalization’, p. 57). Verne, Twenty Thousand Leagues, p. 212. Cited in Macherey, Theory o f Literary Production, p.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.25 of 5 – based on 33 votes