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Science Fiction and Empire

Patricia Kerslake


This book is about the human desire to experiment with empire. In the past it was done with real soldiers and expeditions and slaves and trade and misery and force. In the future it will be done with generation ships and off-world pioneers, robots and invasion, electronic sheep and people who just don't want to be pushed around anymore. Beginning with a discussion of who we are (hopefully, the good guys) and who they are (anyone who isn't us), this narrative scans the lights of science fiction looking at the places where humans try to touch a variety of futures. Is SF designed to purge our dar ... More

Keywords: Lasswitz, Wells, Asimov, Heinlein, K.M. Robinson, Iain Banks, Miller, Clarke Wyndham, power abuse, oppression

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9781846310249
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846314018


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Patricia Kerslake, author