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Scraps Of The Untainted Sky: Science Fiction, Utopia, Dystopia
Dystopian narrative is a product of the social ferment of the twentieth century. A hundred years of war, famine, disease, state terror, genocide, ecocide, and the depletion of humanity through the buying and selling of everyday life provided fertile ground for this fictive underside of the utopian imagination. From the classical works by E. M. Forster, Yevgeny Zamyatin, Al ...more
Paperback, 406 pages
Published December 22nd 2000 by Westview Press
(first published November 1st 2000)
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For my Film Studies course last year, we chose specific areas to investigate. My project was based around dystopian futures (eg. 1984, V For Vendetta, Blade Runner), so when finding reading material, this book seemed the best choice from Amazon's fairly limited selection (though the subject area is specialised). As stated in another review, it is organised into three sections - 'Science Fiction and Utopia', 'Dystopia' and 'Dystopian Manoeuvres'. It tracks each genre's development, alongside cult ...more
Sep 24, 2007 Andrea rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: sf fans, academics, utopians
Here's a great introduction to contemporary utopian and dystopian fiction. The book is split into three sections: "Science Fiction and Utopia," "Dystopia," and "Dystopian Maneuvers." In the first two sections, Moylan gives the critical and historical context for these books, and in the third, short chapters on Kim Stanley Robinson, Octavia Butler, and Marge Piercy. This book is helping me clarify my thinking about what fictional utopian and dystopian texts do in the world. This is an unabashedly ...more