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Self-Promotion Minute: GREEN PLANETS Comes Out Next Month!

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GPI’ll try not to be too aggressive about self-promotional spam, but I’m very excited to formally announce that the edited collection I put together with Kim Stanley Robinson, Green Planets: Ecology and Science Fiction, comes out next month from Wesleyan University Press in paperback, hardback, and on Kindle. I just got my advance copy yesterday; we’re very proud of the book and couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out.

Here’s a table of contents:

Preface by Gerry Canavan
Introduction: “If This Goes On” also by Gerry Canavan

Part 1 Arcadias and New Jerusalems
1 ► “Extinction, Extermination, and the Ecological Optimism
of H. G. Wells” by Christina Alt
2 ► “Evolution and Apocalypse in the Golden Age” by Michael Page
3 ► “Daoism, Ecology, and World Reduction in Le Guin’s Utopian Fictions” by Gib Prettyman
4 ► “Biotic Invasions: Ecological Imperialism in New Wave Science Fiction” by Rob Latham

Part 2 Brave New Worlds and Lands of the Flies
5 ► “‘The Real Problem of a Spaceship Is Its People’: Spaceship Earth as Ecological Science Fiction” by Sabine Höhler
6 ► “The Sea and Eternal Summer: An Australian Apocalypse” by Andrew Milner
7 ► “Care, Gender, and the Climate-Changed Future: Maggie Gee’s The Ice People by Adeline Johns-Putra
8 ► “Future Ecologies, Current Crisis: Ecological Concern in South African Speculative Fiction” by Elzette Steenkamp
9 ► “Ordinary Catastrophes: Paradoxes and Problems in Some Recent Post-Apocalypse Fictions” by Christopher Palmer

Part 3 Quiet Earths, Junk Cities, and the Cultures of the Afternoon
10 ► “‘The Rain Feels New’: Ecotopian Strategies in the Short Fiction of Paolo Bacigalupi” by Eric C. Oto
11 ► “Life after People: Science Faction and Ecological Futures” by Brent Bellamy and Imre Szeman
12 ► “Pandora’s Box: Avatar, Ecology, Thought” by Timothy Morton
13 ► “Churning Up the Depths: Nonhuman Ecologies of Metaphor in Solaris and ‘Oceanic'” by Melody Jue

Afterword: “Still, I’m Reluctant to Call This Pessimism” by Gerry Canavan and Kim Stanley Robinson

There’s also a lengthy “Of Further Interest” appendix that’s an annotated list of some key texts in the subgenre of ecological science fiction.

Thanks to all the contributors, and to everyone at Wesleyan, for all their hard work. I hope you’ll check it out.

Written by gerrycanavan

March 11, 2014 at 2:07 pm

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  1. Congratulations! Looks great…but, Jesus, do we really HAVE to trash the word “ecology,” possibly the one scientific concept we absolutely need to get into our bony little noggins in order to survive as a species? I don’t care what Gardener’s says, this is one case where sloppy connotations are straight-up unacceptable.

    I know I know…it’s that Two Cultures thing…

    R. B. Blair

    March 14, 2014 at 10:45 am

    • Thanks! Can I ask you to say more about trashing the word ecology, though? I don’t see myself as doing that. Is it just the proximity to SF? Or the implicit equation with the “Marxism” of RED PLANETS.

      gerrycanavan

      March 14, 2014 at 11:37 am

  2. Nah, SF’s okay. Good place for the protoculture to work things out. It’s the implicit equation of ‘ecology’ with ‘environment’ that drives me nuts. The former is such a valuable concept–the science of systematic interdependence–that I hate to see it narrowed to mere biology or misapplied to all things green.

    R. B. Blair

    April 1, 2014 at 10:20 am


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