Dark Horizons: Science Fiction and the Dystopian Imagination

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Dark Horizons: Science Fiction and the Dystopian Imagination. Raffaella Baccolini and Tom Moylan, eds. New York and London: Routledge, 2003.

Mostly theory on the critical dystopia, with some attention to critical eutopias, with examples largely from US literary and film SF 1960-2000. Immediately relevant discussions: David Seed on "Cyberpunk and Dystopia: Pat Cadigan's Networks," and the philosophical/political issues raised by Naomi Jacobs on "Posthuman Bodies and Agency in Octavia Butler's Xenogenesis": the organic intrusions upon the human body in the Xenogenesis series have important parallels with cyborg themes and larger questions of human autonomy/agency.

(RDE, 26/06/04, 3Jan15)