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In TECHNOLOGIZED DESIRE, D. Harlan Wilson measures the evolution of the human condition as it has been represented by postcapitalist science fiction, which has consistently represented the body and subjectivity as ultraviolent pathological phenomena. Operating under the assumption that selfhood is a technology, Wilson studies the emergence of selfhood in philosophy (Deleuz ...more
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Published June 12th 2009 by Guide Dog Books
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This review appeared in BULL SPEC #1, March 2010, as well as the New York Review of Science Fiction:

TECHNOLOGIZED DESIRE: SELFHOOD AND THE
BODY IN POSTCAPITALIST SCIENCE FICTION
by D. Harlan Wilson
Guide Dog Books

Review by Samuel Montgomery-Blinn

In its just short of 5,000 words, Eric S. Raymond’s essay “A
Political History of SF” brings politics in juxtaposition with
science fiction and attempts to develop and defend a straightforward
thesis that science fiction is by its nature most compatible
with po
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First of all, I should state that I was given a copy of this book through first-reads so if I say it was worth what I paid for it, it's not much of a compliment. Wilson does a good job of writing about postmodernism in an accessible way. Readers without much of a background in the field should still be able to follow his discussion and enjoy his writing. One of my favorite terms he uses in the book come up first on page 18 of the introduction where he refers to current American society as a, "co ...more
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D. Harlan Wilson is an American novelist, critic, editor, playwright, and college professor. His body of work bridges the aesthetics of literary and film theory with various genres of speculative fiction. Recent books include Outré (2020), The Psychotic Dr. Schreber (2019), Natural Complexions (2018), J.G. Ballard (2017), Three Plays (2016), and They Live (2015).
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