Astrofuturism: Science, Race, and Visions of Utopia in Space

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Overview

""Kilgore demonstrates not only how to read nonfiction with the same analytic eye as one reads fiction but also how to read all texts without the cultural filter of whiteness as the default perceptual mode.""--Science Fiction Studies

Astrofuturis

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"Kilgore demonstrates not only how to read nonfiction with the same analytic eye as one reads fiction but also how to read all texts without the cultural filter of whiteness as the default perceptual mode."—Science Fiction Studies

"Strongly recommended to anyone interested in science fiction, American studies, popular culture, and, of course, utopianism. It is well written, clearly arranged, and blessedly free from jargon. It provides a solid scholarly overview of the origins and development of astrofuturism, offers fresh perspectives on the work of many of the central figures in that movement, and does much to suggest that it may well be in the ongoing astrofuturist fiction that the most significant new formulation of utopian possibilities will be found."—Utopian Studies

"Kilgore is interested in the gender and race of the space travelers and settlers, the the politics behind the journeys, and the utopian idealism asserted for space travel. . . . The book is excellent as intellectual history."—Choice

"This is an exceptionally innovative and potentially invaluable exploration of a major cultural phenomenon of our epoch."—H. Bruce Franklin, Rutgers University

"A valuable scholarly survey of perhaps the most visible strand of futurist thought and its political variations, from capitalist exploitation to racial harmony in outer space."—Future Survey

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812218473
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 0.64 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Meet the Author

De Witt Douglas Kilgore teaches English at Indiana University.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Wonderful Dream

1. Knocking on Heaven's Door: David Lasser and the First Conquest of Space
2. An Empire in Space: Europe and America as Science Fact
3. Building a Space Frontier: Robert A. Heinlein and the American Tradition
4. Will There Always Be an England? Arthur C. Clarke's New Eden
5. The Domestication of Space: Gerard K. O'Neill's Suburban Diaspora
6. Ben Bova: Race, Nation, and Renewal on the High Frontier
7. On Mars and Other Heterotopias: A Conclusion

Abbreviations
Notes
Index
Acknowledgments

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