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Science Fiction and Climate ChangeA Sociological Approach$
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Andrew Milner and J.R. Burgmann

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781789621723

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789621723.001.0001

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Base Reality Texts and Eutopias

Base Reality Texts and Eutopias

(p.146) Chapter 7 Base Reality Texts and Eutopias
Science Fiction and Climate Change

Andrew Milner

J.R. Burgmann


The chapter opens with the observation that there seem to be far fewer climate eutopias than climate dystopias, but adds that there is a case to be made that these are likely to become more culturally significant as the climate crisis develops. It then proceeds to a discussion, by turn, of base reality texts and critical eutopias. The texts analysed include Michael Crichton’s State of Fear, Barbara Kingsolver’s Flight Behavior, Kim Stanley Robinson’s Green Earth, Umoya Lister’s Planetquake, Robinson’s New York 2140; Dirk C. Fleck’s MAEVA! trilogy and Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam. The chapter proceeds to argue that, by comparison with William Morris’s News from Nowhere, there is no real intratextual plausibility to the mechanisms by which eutopia is achieved within these novels. The chapter concludes with a survey of the study’s findings on cli-fi narratives.

Keywords:   Eutopia, Crichton, Kingsolver, Robinson, Lister, Fleck, Atwood, Morris

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