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Futuristic Cars and Space BicyclesContesting the Road in American Science Fiction$
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Jeremy Withers

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781789621754

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789621754.001.0001

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Electric Cars, Autoduelling, and Bike Shares in the New Wave

Electric Cars, Autoduelling, and Bike Shares in the New Wave

(p.97) Chapter 3 Electric Cars, Autoduelling, and Bike Shares in the New Wave
Futuristic Cars and Space Bicycles

Jeremy Withers


Chapter Three focuses on works from the New Wave era (c. 1960-1975) by Ursula K. Le Guin, Harlan Ellison, and Ernest Callenbach. The primary goal of the chapter will be to highlight how some science fiction writers of the Sixties and Seventies responded to two important events related to transportation: the dramatic spike in annual automobile fatalities that began in the early-1960s and climaxed in the early-1970s, and the growing environmentalism of this era.

Keywords:   environmentalism, New Wave, Ursula K. Le Guin, Harlan Ellison, Ernest Callenbach

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