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Studies in Global Science Fiction

Ethical Futures and Global Science Fiction

Editors: Kendal, Z., Smith, A., Champion, G., Milner, A. (Eds.)

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  • Creates a vision for the future of science fiction studies
  • Highlights non-Anglophone literatures
  • Considers key ethical questions relevant to a broad range of interdisciplinary fields such as ecocriticism, postcolonial studies, philosophy and bioethics, etc.
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About this book

Ethical Futures and Global Science Fiction explores the ethical concerns and dimensions of representations of the future of global science fiction, focusing on the issues that dominate utopian, dystopian and science fiction literature. The essays examine recent visions of the future in science fiction and re-examine earlier texts through contemporary lenses. Across fourteen chapters, the collection considers authors from Algeria, Australia, Canada, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Macedonia, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, the UK and USA. The volume delves into a range of ethical questions of immediate contemporary relevance, including environmental ethics, postcolonial ethics, social justice, animal ethics and the ethics of alterity. 


About the authors

Zachary Kendal is a librarian in Rare Books at Monash University Library, Australia. He was recently an editor-in-chief of Colloquy: Text, Theory, Critique and is completing a PhD in Literary and Cultural Studies at Monash University, researching ethics and literary representation in science fiction.

Aisling Smith is a teaching associate in literary studies at Monash University and Deakin University, Australia. Her PhD examined affect theory and the works of David Foster Wallace. She is also a creative writer, former editor-in-chief of Colloquy: Text, Theory, Critique and an editor of the Verge: Chimera (2017) anthology.

Giulia Champion is completing her doctoral thesis at the University of Warwick, UK. Her research investigates postcolonial literature in original languages and aims to theorise literary cannibalism as a set of practices through the world ecology framework and historical materialism.

Andrew Milner is Emeritus Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Monash University, Australia, and Honorary Professor at University of Warwick, UK. He is the author of numerous books including, most recently, Locating Science Fiction (2012), Again, Dangerous Visions: Essays in Cultural Materialism (2018) and, with J. R. Burgmann, Science Fiction and Climate Change (in press).


Reviews

“A brilliantly curated, critically-rigorous, and discerning book. It stands apart among even the best of the emerging canon of global sf studies in the range of national literatures, historical periods, and subject areas covered, and in the reach and depth of its transdisciplinary approach. This is a collection to which students and scholars in the field will return again and again.”

Terry Harpold, Associate Professor, University of Florida, USA

 

"This volume makes an important contribution to the theoretical debates on the question of ethics for a sustainable future. Contributors investigate global science fiction literature, explore alterity and climate change and analyse the political dimensions of utopian and dystopian narratives in different geographical and cultural contexts. It is a valuable collection for both established and new scholars from different disciplines, providing original and up to date interdisciplinary perspectives on the intrinsically global qualities of science fiction."

Raffaella Baccolini, Professor of English Literature at the University of Bologna, Italy, and co-author of Utopia Method Vision (2007) and Dark Horizons: Science Fiction and the Dystopian Imagination (2003)

 

"This book makes a valuable contribution to our understanding of how science fiction responds to contemporary ethical and political dilemmas. Four well-chosen sections frame insights into SF narratives on encounters with the other, environmental ethics, post-colonial challenges and socio-political inequality. These concerns speak directly to the felt problems of the present moment. At the same time, the collection is rooted in a rich understanding of SF’s long history of engagement with social, political and ethical issues.  The global and especially postcolonial focus of this collection is a particularly welcome to SF criticism which has only recently turned to fully address the US and Eurocentric history of the genre and its histories. We need to listen much more closely to indigenous and postcolonial stories and theories in the face of Western modernity’s impasses. Ethical Futures and Global Science Fiction puts these issues and positions into a complex and subtle conversation with reflections on the spectre of climate crisis and the persistence of global capitalism and its inequities. The collection reiterates the importance of speculative fiction to necessary thinking about probable, possible and desirable futures, and brings important new texts and voices to our attention." 


Lisa Garforth, Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Newcastle University, UK, and author of Green Utopias: Environmental Hope Before and After Nature (2017)

Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)
  • Science Fiction’s Ethical Modes: Totality and Infinity in Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy and Yevgeny Zamyatin’s Мы (We)

    Pages 3-27

    Kendal, Zachary

  • Inversion and Prolepsis: Begum Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain’s Feminist Utopian Strategies

    Pages 29-47

    Paul, Sreejata

  • Better Societies for the Ethical Treatment of Animals: Vegetarianism and the Utopian Tradition

    Pages 49-73

    Bulleid, Joshua

  • Eutopia, Dystopia and Climate Change

    Pages 77-97

    Milner, Andrew

  • Evolving a New, Ecological Posthumanism: An Ecocritical Comparison of Michel Houellebecq’s Les Particules élémentaires and Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam Trilogy

    Pages 99-118

    Fetherston, Rachel

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  • ISBN 978-3-030-27895-3
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Ethical Futures and Global Science Fiction
Editors
  • Zachary Kendal
  • Aisling Smith
  • Giulia Champion
  • Andrew Milner
Series Title
Studies in Global Science Fiction
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-27893-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-27893-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-27892-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-27895-3
Series ISSN
2569-8826
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 335
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