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Andrew M. Butler

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781846318344

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317798

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Foul Contagion Spread: Ecology and Environmentalism

Foul Contagion Spread: Ecology and Environmentalism

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(p.120) 9 Foul Contagion Spread: Ecology and Environmentalism
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Solar Flares
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846317798.010

Ecology and environmentalism are two recurring themes in science fiction. A novel may even use the environment itself as a character that the hero must contend with. Science fiction may also show alternatives to the Earth's current environment and the impact of the environment on characters as a whole. This is evident in the novels by Hal Clement, Frederik Pohl and Michael Coney. A number of works show how the consequences of humanity's impact on the environment causes a meltdown of society, depict nature's revenge on humanity, or reveal threats from outer space such as alien invasion. This chapter examines Clement's Star Light (1971) and Pohl's Jem: The Making of a Utopia (1979), as well as Coney's four interlinked novels: Mirror Image (1972), Syzygy (1973), Charisma (1975) and Brontomek! (1976).

Keywords:   Hal Clement, Frederik Pohl, Michael Coney, science fiction, ecology, environmentalism, novels, alien invasion, Star Light, Brontomek!

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