Coverart for item
The Resource Terraforming : ecopolitical transformations and environmentalism in science fiction, Chris Pak

Terraforming : ecopolitical transformations and environmentalism in science fiction, Chris Pak

Label
Terraforming : ecopolitical transformations and environmentalism in science fiction
Title
Terraforming
Title remainder
ecopolitical transformations and environmentalism in science fiction
Statement of responsibility
Chris Pak
Title variation
Terraforming: Ecopolitical Transformations & Environmentalism in Science Fiction
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
This book explores the emergence and development of terraforming in science fiction from H.G. Wells’s <i>The War of the Worlds</i> (1898) to James Cameron’s blockbuster <i>Avatar</i> (2009). Terraforming is the process of making other worlds habitable for human life. Its counterpart on Earth – geoengineering – has begun to receive serious consideration as a way to address the effects of climate change. This book asks how science fiction has imagined the ways we shape both our world and other planets and how stories of terraforming reflect on science, society and environmentalism. It traces the growth of the motif of terraforming in stories by such writers as H.G. Wells and Olaf Stapledon in the UK, American pulp science fiction by Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein and Arthur C. Clarke, the counter cultural novels of Frank Herbert, Ursula K. Le Guin and Ernest Callenbach, and Pamela Sargent’s <i>Venus</i> trilogy, Frederick Turner’s epic poem of terraforming, <i>Genesis</i>, and Kim Stanley Robinson’s acclaimed <i>Mars</i> trilogy. It explores terraforming as a nexus for environmental philosophy, the pastoral, ecology, the Gaia hypothesis, the politics of colonisation and habitation, tradition and memory. This book shows how contemporary environmental awareness and our understanding of climate change is influenced by science fiction, and how terraforming in particular has offered scientists, philosophers, and many other readers a motif to aid in thinking in complex ways about the human impact on planetary environments. Amidst contemporary anxieties about climate change, terraforming offers an important vantage from which to consider the ways humankind shapes and is shaped by their world
Member of
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Pak, Chris,
Dewey number
813/.0876209
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
Series statement
Liverpool science fiction texts and studies
Series volume
55
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Science fiction
  • Environmentalism in literature
  • Planets
  • Space colonies in literature
  • Science and state
Label
Terraforming : ecopolitical transformations and environmentalism in science fiction, Chris Pak
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 11 Aug 2017)
Contents
Introduction : terraforming : engineering imaginary environments -- Landscaping nature's otherness in pre-1960s terraforming and proto-Gaian stories -- The American pastoral and the conquest of space -- Ecology and environmental awareness in 1960s-1970s -- Edging towards an eco-cosmopolitan vision -- Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars trilogy -- Conclusion
Control code
CR9781781384541
Extent
1 online resource (x, 243 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781781384541
Isbn Type
(ebook)
Other physical details
digital, PDF file(s)
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
CR9781781384541
Label
Terraforming : ecopolitical transformations and environmentalism in science fiction, Chris Pak
Publication
Note
Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 11 Aug 2017)
Contents
Introduction : terraforming : engineering imaginary environments -- Landscaping nature's otherness in pre-1960s terraforming and proto-Gaian stories -- The American pastoral and the conquest of space -- Ecology and environmental awareness in 1960s-1970s -- Edging towards an eco-cosmopolitan vision -- Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars trilogy -- Conclusion
Control code
CR9781781384541
Extent
1 online resource (x, 243 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781781384541
Isbn Type
(ebook)
Other physical details
digital, PDF file(s)
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
CR9781781384541

Library Locations

    • InternetBorrow it
      Albany, Auckland, 0632, NZ
Processing Feedback ...