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Biopunk Dystopias Genetic Engineering, Society and Science Fiction

Lars Schmeink


'Biopunk Dystopias' contends that we find ourselves at a historical nexus, defined by the rise of biology as the driving force of scientific progress, a strongly grown mainstream attention given to genetic engineering in the wake of the Human Genome Project (1990-2003), the changing sociological view of a liquid modern society, and shifting discourses on the posthuman, including a critical posthumanism that decenters the privileged subject of humanism. The book argues that this historical nexus produces a specific cultural formation in the form of "biopunk", a subgenre evolved from the cyberpu ... More

Keywords: liquid modernity, biopunk, science-fictionality, dystopia, science fiction, genetic engineering, popular culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781781383766
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781781383766.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lars Schmeink, author
Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg