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This book explores the emergence and development of terraforming in science fiction from H.G. Wells’s The War of the Worlds (1898) to James Cameron’s blockbuster Avatar (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 Venus trilogy, Frederick Turner’s epic poem of terraforming, Genesis, and Kim Stanley Robinson’s acclaimed Mars 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. An Open Access edition of this work is available on the OAPEN Library.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Series page, Title, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction: Terraforming: Engineering Imaginary Environments
  2. pp. 1-17
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  1. 1 Landscaping Nature’s Otherness in Pre-1960s Terraforming and Proto-Gaian Stories
  2. pp. 18-55
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  1. 2 The American Pastoral and the Conquest of Space
  2. pp. 56-97
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  1. 3 Ecology and Environmental Awareness in 1960s–1970s Terraforming Stories
  2. pp. 98-136
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  1. 4 Edging Towards an Eco-cosmopolitan Vision
  2. pp. 137-167
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  1. 5 Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars Trilogy
  2. pp. 168-203
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 204-222
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 223-234
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 235-250
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781781384541
Related ISBN
9781781382844
MARC Record
OCLC
1138055047
Pages
256
Launched on MUSE
2020-02-01
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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