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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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Towers of Babel: The Architecture of Sf

Towers of Babel: The Architecture of Sf

(p.206) 15 Towers of Babel: The Architecture of Sf
Solar Flares
Liverpool University Press

This chapter focuses on science fiction that represents architecture, namely novels by Robert Silverberg (Tower of Glass and The World Inside) and J. G. Ballard (Crash, Concrete Island, and High-Rise) as well as the films The Towering Inferno, King Kong and Shivers (also known as Orgy of the Blood Parasites, They Came From Within, The Parasite Murders and Frissons). It also considers works built around theme parks and hyperreality or which feature landscapes on the brink of radioactive disaster, post-apocalyptic, human-made landscapes and the aftermath of nuclear apocalypse. These include the novel Magic Time, the adaptation of a bestselling novel, The Stepford Wives and the films Westworld, Futureworld, Kit Reed's Rollerball, Death Race, Logan's Run, The China Syndrome and Riddley Walker.

Keywords:   Robert Silverberg, science fiction, architecture, novels, films, theme parks, hyperreality, apocalypse, The Stepford Wives, J. G. Ballard

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