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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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Staying Mobile in Postapocalyptic Cli-Fi

Staying Mobile in Postapocalyptic Cli-Fi

(p.159) Chapter 5 Staying Mobile in Postapocalyptic Cli-Fi
Futuristic Cars and Space Bicycles

Jeremy Withers


This chapter examines how the rising popularity since the 1990s of works of postapocalyptic cli-fi (i.e. climate change fiction) has provided science fiction writers a convenient opportunity to explore issues of mobility and transportation. After first examining an early postapocalyptic cli-fi work from the 1990s by Octavia E. Butler, the chapter then advances this book’s chronological analysis to some twenty-first century works of science fiction. In its discussion of a novel by Paolo Bacigalupi and one by Benjamin Parzybok, this chapter shows how more restrained modes of transport play a vital role during times of apocalypse in keeping a society functioning and keeping us as individuals from slipping into disempowerment.

Keywords:   postapocalypse, apocalypse, climate change, cli-fi, Octavia E. Butler, Paolo Bacigalupi, Benjamin Parzybok

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