Gerry Canavan

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GPThe essays in Green Planets are predicated on the proposition that two hundred years of SF can help us collectively “think” this leap into futurity in the context of the epochal mass-extinction event called the Anthropocene (which the literary theorists more simply call “modernity”). SF is our culture’s vast, shared, polyvocal archive of the possible; from techno-utopias to apocalypses to ecotopian fortunate falls, it is thetransmedia genre of SF that has first attempted to articulate the sorts of systemic global changes that are imminent, or already happening, and begins to imagine what our transformed planet might eventually be like for those who will come to live on it. Especially taken in the context of escalating ecological catastrophe, in which each new season seems to bring with it some new and heretofore-unseen spectacular disaster, my coeditor’s well-known declaration that in the contemporary moment “the world has become a science fiction novel” has never seemed more true or more frightening. Indeed, such a notion suggests both politics and “realism” are now always “inside” science fiction, insofar as the world, as we experience its vertiginous technological and ecological flux, now more closely resembles SF than it does any historical realism…

Out today! Buy it at Amazon in paperback and Kindle! Here’s a table of contents.

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  1. Looks great but, um, pricey.

    Stephen Frug

    April 1, 2014 at 3:21 pm

  2. Only in hardcover! The other editions are pretty standard, especially the Kindle. (And it’s not like *I* set the price…)


    April 1, 2014 at 3:36 pm

  3. Yeah, I know, mostly A) sticker-shock from hardcover, and B) long-standing grumpiness about how much academic books cost in general (especially kindle versions). I certainly wasn’t blaming you!

    I’ll almost certainly buy the kindle (KSR’s my favorite SF author, you’re my favorite blogger… seems like a must-have). How about posting the table of contents or something to whet my appetite?

    Stephen Frug

    April 1, 2014 at 7:03 pm

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