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  • Biopunk Dystopias: Genetic Engineering, Society and Science Fiction
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  • by Lars Schmeink
  • 2016
  • Published by: Liverpool University Press
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Biopunk Dystopias' contends that we find ourselves at a historical nexus, defined by the rise of biology as the driving force of scientific progress, a strongly grown mainstream attention given to genetic engineering in the wake of the Human Genome Project (1990-2003), the changing sociological view of a liquid modern society, and shifting discourses on the posthuman, including a critical posthumanism that decenters the privileged subject of humanism. The book argues that this historical nexus produces a specific cultural formation in the form of "biopunk", a subgenre evolved from the cyberpunk of the 1980s. The analysis deals with dystopian science fiction artifacts of different media from the year 2000 onwards that project a posthuman intervention into contemporary socio-political discourse based in liquid modernity in the cultural formation of biopunk. Biopunk makes use of current posthumanist conceptions in order to criticize contemporary reality as already dystopian, warning that a future will only get worse, and that society needs to reverse its path, or else destroy all life on this planet. As Rosi Braidotti argues, "there is a posthuman agreement that contemporary science and biotechnologies affect the very fibre and structure of the living and have altered dramatically our understanding of what counts as the basic frame of reference for the human today" (40). The proposed book analyzes this alteration as directors, creators, authors, and artists from the field of science fiction extrapolate it from current trends. An Open Access edition of this work is available on the OAPEN Library.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. 1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-17
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  1. 2. Dystopia, Science Fiction, Posthumanism, and Liquid Modernity
  2. pp. 18-70
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  1. 3. The Anthropocene, the Posthuman, and the Animal
  2. pp. 71-118
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  1. 4. Science, Family and the Monstrous Progeny
  2. pp. 119-145
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  1. 5. Individuality, Choice, and Genetic Manipulation
  2. pp. 146-178
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  1. 6. The Utopian, the Dystopian, and the Heroic Deeds of One
  2. pp. 179-199
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  1. 7. 9/11 and the Wasted Lives of Posthuman Zombies
  2. pp. 200-236
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  1. 8. Conclusion
  2. pp. 237-246
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  1. Works Cited
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  1. Index
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