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Final FrontiersScience Fiction and Techno-Science in Non-Aligned India$
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Upamanyu Pablo Mukherjee

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781789620283

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789620283.001.0001

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Energy matters

Energy matters

(p.105) Chapter Three Energy matters
Final Frontiers

Upamanyu Pablo Mukherjee


The third chapter concentrates on how Indian science fiction met the representational challenges regarding energy during the non-aligned era. These decades were marked by chronic ‘energy crises’ in the country, involving massive shortages in food and fuel. Drawing on recent theoretical developments in Energy Humanities, the chapter suggests that much of the science fiction of the time was animated by attempts to present the pitfalls of thinking about energy exclusively in terms of resource and extraction and imagine what a non-exploitative energy-system could look like.

Keywords:   Energy humanities, Energy unconscious, Thermodynamics, Thermopoetics, Petro-Modernity, ‘Manpower’, Chaos Theory, Byomjatrir Diary

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