From Utopia to Apocalypse
Science Fiction and the Politics of Catastrophe
Publication Year: 2010
Published by: University of Minnesota Press
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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Quote
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Introduction: The God That Succeeded
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The disbelief of the stars comes down to establish an unbalancedThe corruption in things is not only the best argument for beingprogressive; it is also the only argument against being conservative. Theconservative theory would really be quite sweeping and unanswerable if it were not for this one fact. But all conservatism is based upon the...
1. Utopia Achieved: The Case of Watchmen
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It was the belief of Charles Atlas that muscles could be built without bar bells or spring exercisers, could be built by simply pitting one set It was the belief of Bokonon that good societies could be built only bypitting good against evil, and by keeping the tension between the twoCadmus throws the stone. The throng of armed men, sprung forth from...
2. The Defense of Necessity: On Jang Joon-Hwan’s Save the Green Planet
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Woe to the creaturely remnant of existence who will not put off hisexistence, alas, who cannot do so, because the extinguished memorypersists in its emptiness...the mute terror of the beast that, alone in itslittleness, invisibly overcome, bereft of consciousness, creeps tremblingToward the end of his response to Alexandre Kojève’s essay “Tyranny and...
3. The Saintly Politics of Catastrophe: Hayao Miyazaki’s Nausicaä of the Valley of Wind
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Indeed, if anyone can show that what we’ve said is false and has adequateknowledge that justice is best, he’ll surely be full not of anger but offorgiveness for the unjust. He knows that, apart from someone ofgodlike character who is disgusted by injustice or one who has gainedknowledge and avoids injustice for that reason, no one is just willingly....
4. Between Trauma and Tragedy: From The Matrix to V for Vendetta
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Because fear and conspiracy play no part in your daily relations witheach other, you imagine that the same thing is true of your allies...andwhen you give way to your own feelings of compassion you are beingguilty of a kind of weakness which is dangerous to you and which willnot make them love you any more. What you do not realize is that your...
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I would like to thank my friends and colleagues whose wisdom and gen-erosity were essential to the completion of this book. Roy Swanson andRachel Skalitzky welcomed me to Milwaukee and provided a congenialatmosphere in which to begin my work, helping to straighten a path thatI had once expected to be more circuitous. Robin Pickering - Iazzi encour-...
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About the Author
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Page Count: 232
Publication Year: 2010