Gerry Canavan

the smartest kid on earth

Bad Monkeys, Fallen, Wicked Souls

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What is the political charge of an eco-apocalypse like climate change, or ocean acidification, or Peak Oil? How are we to understand these visions of bad futures as they come to us from scientific projections and risk calculation spreadsheets? Is the coming catastrophe the dystopian clarion that warns us we must change-or is it the anti-utopian proof that we will refuse to change, even at the cost of civilization, or the planet itself?

I have a not-exactly-an-excerpt from Green Planets over at SF Signal, pontificating on the distinctions between utopia, anti-utopia, dystopia, and anti-dystopia…

utopia-anti-utopia

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  1. I really enjoyed this piece. It also made me think you would be interested in Robert McKee’s Story — he’s the author who was portrayed by Brian Cox in Adaptation as the blowhard seminar leader. The book is both valuable and is no less a cliche among screenwriter types than that movie suggests. It also is the only time I’ve seen Greimas squares outside of critical theory. You can see them by skipping to page 326 in the Amazon preview.

    Josh K-sky

    May 16, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    • Was recommended to me years ago (pre-graduate-school!) when I was thinking of trying to write screenplays, but I lost interest in the plan before I got the book. I’ll go looking for it…

      gerrycanavan

      May 17, 2014 at 6:31 pm


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