Biopunk Dystopias Genetic Engineering, Society and Science Fiction


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Liverpool University Press
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6.2 X 9.3 X 0.8 inches | 1.25 pounds

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About the Author

Lars Schmeink is Professor of Media Studies at the Institut fur Kultur- und Medienmanagement of the Hochschule fur Musik und Theater in Hamburg and the editor of of Realities: Establishing Research on the Fantastic in Europe. (Berlin: DeGruyter, 2012).


"Each discussion engages thoroughly with relevant scholarship, from biopolitics to game studies to creature films and the horror genre. Together, they make a convincing case that biological themes are prominent in contemporary sf across media, appearing in works that are marked by a critically dystopian sensibility." --Rebecca Wilbanks, Science Fiction Studies Review

'Schmeink brings together perspectives of various disciplines and theoretical approaches, including sociology, human-animal studies, monster studies and game studies, which not only contributes to gaining insight in his analysis, but also the scientific discourse for a variety other fields opens. The discursive link that Schmeink develops between scientific progress, economic interests, social change and fiction as an instrument of cultural intervention represents the scientific and social added value of Biopunk Dystopias.' (Translated from German) -- Madeline Becker, MEDIENwissenschaft

"Biopunk Dystopias is a strong contribution to twenty-first-century science fiction studies and studies of dystopian fiction, but also will interest critics invested in studies of literary and filmic representations of late capitalism, biopower, and necropolitics."
The Year's Work in English Studies