New Boundaries in Political Science Fiction
The collection's first section focuses on issues inherent in fiction of personal identity and the "new man." From neuroscience to blogs to the polemic on gender and race, this section investigates democratization of political elements that lead to genuine new identities. The subsequent section explores works that evoke the old power centers of empires and nation states, where larger-than-life heroic systems represent a nostalgic symbol for triumphant human advancement. The final section presents idiosyncratic essays on individual writers and concludes with a comic treatment of America's current situation in international politics as viewed through a science fiction lens.
The writers discussed range from H. G. Wells, Robert A. Heinlein, Ursula Le Guin, and Isaac Asimov to more radical voices such as Iain M. Banks, William Gibson, Joanna Russ, Philip K. Dick, and China Mieville. While emphasizing the literature, the collection also addresses political science fiction found on film and television from the original Star Trek through the newest incarnation of Battlestar Galactica.
About the Author
Clyde Wilcox is a professor of government at Georgetown University. His many books include Onward Christian Soldiers? The Religious Right in American Politics and The Politics of Same-Sex Marriage.
"Donald M. Hassler and Clyde Wilcox, through the contributions of nearly two dozen international experts, give us a new understanding of the political implications of science fiction. In addition to the acute political studies of influential science-fiction writers from Judith Merril and Philip K. Dick to China Mieville and Iain M. Banks, the authors provide an informed look at Brazilian science fiction, at the ways in which President George W. Bush's warning of global peril are essentially science fiction stories with the plots removed, and at much else."—Frederik Pohl
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