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Envisioning the Future

Science Fiction and the Next Millennium

Marleen S. Barr


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Writers speculate on the future and the role of science fiction.

In this unique collection of fiction and essays, some of the best writers in the science fiction world explore our relationship to the future through the dual lens of science fiction and cultural studies, and provide a rich testament to the power of science fiction to help us re-imagine reality.

Each contributor was asked to reflect on our anxiety about the new millennium and to write about how science fiction could help us envision the far future and future cultural spaces. The resulting array of speculative writings, both critical and fictional, is diverse and illuminating--from a personal essay by Marge Piercy on love, sex and the power of fiction; to a new story by Harlan Ellison in which consumerism is the opiate of the masses; to a fictional book review by Kim Stanley Robinson which imagines what future historians will say about science in the third millennium.

CONTRIBUTORS: Marleen S. Barr, Rosi Braidotti, Harlan Ellison, James Gunn, Walter Mosley, Patrick Parrinder, Marge Peircy, Neil Postman, Eric S. Rabkin, Kim Stanley Robinson, Pamela Sargent, Darko Suvin, George Zebrowski.

Wesleyan University Press, 9780819566522, 240pp.

Publication Date: September 3, 2003

About the Author

MARLEEN S. BARR is a visiting scholar at Columbia University and the author of Genre Fission (2000), Lost in Space (1993) and Feminist Fabulation (1992). She was awarded the 1997 Pilgrim Award for lifetime achievement in science fiction criticism.