This book explores how the real-world politics of sex, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, class struggles, environment and imperialism is represented in science fiction. In 1970 science fiction offered a critique of mainstream culture and society from the margins, but became much more associated with synergistically organised multinational corporations a decade later. The book examines the attitudes of successive generations of science fiction writers to science fiction after Apollo and the New Wave, the rise of fantasy and the resurgence of novels centred on swords and planets. It also tackles a range of political issues, from race and environmentalism to feminism, gay rights, and postcolonialism in Vietnam and England. In addition, it looks at science fiction in other areas, including blockbuster films, pseudoscience, children's fiction, horror, architecture and postmodern metafiction.
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