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Terraforming: Ecopolitical Transformations and Environmentalism in Science Fiction

Chris Pak


This book explores the emergence and development of terraforming in science fiction from H.G. Wells’s The War of the Worlds (1898) to James Cameron’s blockbuster Avatar (2009). Terraforming is the process of making other worlds habitable for human life. Its counterpart on Earth—geoengineering—has been positioned as a possible means of addressing the effects of climate change. This book asks how science fiction has imagined the ways we shape both our world and other planets and how stories of terraforming reflect on science, society and environmentalism. It traces the growth of the motif of ter ... More

Keywords: Terraforming, Geoengineering, Environmental Humanities, Utopias and Dystopias, Climate Change, Science Fiction, Landscaping, Pastoral, Environmental Ethics, Colonialism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781781382844
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781781382844.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Chris Pak, author
Lancaster University