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Thursday, November 05, 2009

Calling On You: Ecocriticism, green, DIY science fiction?

I'm in the process of doing some research for a paper proposal and am looking to put together a list of recent (last ten years) science fiction stories containing some element of the "green" movement in it. This can be anything from obvious ecocriticism, but more particularly aspects of the DIY (do-it-yourself) green movement as visualized through science fiction. This is not limited to near future stories; one of the novels I am working with is Sly Mongoose by Tobias Buckell, which is set pretty far into the future, but deals with a lot of the issues I am curious about in regards to "green" literature (i.e. living with the environment and creating tech that accommodates that sort of relationship).

Any help would be appreciated. Again, it should be recent fiction. I know of a lot of older stuff, but I want this paper to be more relevant to the more recent "green" movements today.


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  1. Not new, I know, but Ballards Drowned World is a classic. Stross' Halting State has an ecological bent on it in some parts. The comic book series Y: The Last Man deals with the death of 99.99% men and deals with some interesting aspects of climate change. Ben Eltons This Other Eden. Kaleidoscope Century and Orbital Resonance by John Barnes. That's all that's in my library at home, but if I come up with anything I'll let you know.

  2. Thanks, Riadan! I'll check those out.

  3. I should have said, most of these books deal with the lack of ecoharmony and the dangers associated with not having a balance with our world. The john Barnes books refer to it as the ecopocalypse.

  4. Thanks for the clarification!