Red Planets: Marxism And Science Fiction (Marxism & Culture)
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Red Planets: Marxism And Science Fiction (Marxism & Culture)

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Science fiction and socialism have always had a close relationship. Many science fiction novelists and filmmakers have used the genre to examine explicit or implicit Marxist concerns. Red Planets is an accessible and lively account, which makes an ideal introduction to anyone interested in the politics of science fiction. The volume covers a rich variety of examples from W...more
Paperback, 293 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Pluto
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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...more
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...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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