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Red Planets: Marxism and Science Fiction

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  38 ratings  ·  9 reviews
A unique account of the Chinese Revolution, seen through the eyes of American journalist Rayna Prohme.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 20th 2009 by Pluto Press (first published September 1st 2009)
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Thirteen essays about Marxism & science fiction. Duh. Comprehensive reading list in appendices. Much reference to Suvin’s Metamorphoses of Science Fiction, Freedman’s Science Fiction and Critical Theory, and Jameson’s Archaeologies of the Future, which are the major Marxist touchstones for the theoretical consideration of the genre, apparently.

Bould’s introduction reads Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea and The Matrix as more or less substantially identical texts through the perspective
convincingly suggests that sf and its store of works and concepts are useful for pursuing marxian lines of inquiry, whether directly or as the implicit horizon, and without some of the tedium involved in more remote objects of literary study. a lot of these essays are exciting firstly on the level of the formula, the linking of two seemingly disparate canons of thought.

the dominant suvin/sfstudies tradition is set up in the intro along with its 'critical utopian' author relations like le guin an
Dan Sharber
a fun and interesting book. recommended for fans of the more literary and social critique aspects of marxism as well, obviously, as sci fi in general. i wasn't familiar with a lot of the debates and referents but still very much enjoyed many of these essays.
I'm just going to steal the beginning of bill fletcher's review:

Red Planets is a collection of essays that offers an intricate analysis of the development of science fiction as a genre. This collection also unpacks many of the key themes in science fiction and relates them to broader struggles on the ideological plane. As such, Red Planets must be read less as an analysis of the hidden (and not so hidden) messages contained in much science fiction literature, cinema, and television, and more as
Umut E. B. (Kareler ve Sayfalar)
Bilimkurgunun alt türlerine, bilimkurgunun önemli yazarlarına da kısaca da olsa yer veren Kızıl Dünyalar, nedense ülkemizde bende hala "dışlanıyor" hissini yaratan, benim pek sevdiğim bilimkurgunun Marksizm ile olan ilişkisini, belki çoğu insan için bilimkurguya bakış açılarını bile değiştirebilecek şekilde sunuyor. "Geek işi" denilip kenara atılan bu tarzın üzerine yazan siyaset, tarih, edebiyat, felsefe gibi dallarda önemli akademik yerlerde bulunan bir çok ismin imzasını barındıran bu kitabı, ...more
Brian Donnelly
Presumes considerable understanding of theorists as diverse as Jameson, Zizek and Althusser, using somewhat cursory, even offhand references to "theory" without a lot of deep analysis. On the whole quite smart if somewhat typical lit crit. pieces. I was a little disappointed in China's end piece, worrying over the division between sci fi and fantasy -- red dragons or red planets, it all matters to him, and I guess it should to us, too.
I should not have read this book in tandem with "Between Equal Rights". I found here the less rigorous analysis somewhat disappointing, but on the whole the essays did engage. Particularly the last two. As part of a series, I am not sure I would recommend this to SF fans as it generally presents arguments SF readers will already be familiar with. Non-SF readers who are interested in Marxism may find the book more enjoyable.
i really, really enjoyed the last two essays. the rest of it was often boring in the ways that marxist literary critique usually are. worth it just for those two though.
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