Extrapolation

Journal of scholarly study in science fiction and fantasy, featuring critical articles, reviews and bibliographies.

Articles from Vol. 56, No. 3, 2015

Blade Runner
Not Yet Another Blade Runner Book. Matt Hills. Blade Runner. Cultographies Series. London: Columbia University Press, 2011. 128 pp. ISBN 9781906660338. $15 pbk.Reviewed by Pawel FrelikBlade Runner (1982, 1992, 2007) has become something of an academic...
Deep Ends: The J. G Ballard Anthology 2014
Fragments Against Ruin. Rick McGrath, ed. Deep Ends: The J. G Ballard Anthology 2014. Toronto: The Terminal Press, 2014. 200 pp. ISBN: 9780991866533. $24.99 pbk.Reviewed by Daniel LukesJ. G. Ballard can be an acquired taste. My first encounters with...
Double-Edged Satire in Zamyatin's We
In 1917, Yevgeny Zamyatin, an Old Bolshevik, sailed through the dark of night on a lightless ship past German U-boats that he might bear witness to the October Revolution. In 1920-1921, Zamyatin wrote We, a satire about a collectivist "OneState," where...
History Is What Bites: Zombies, Race, and the Limits of Biopower in Colson Whitehead's Zone One
The past is never dead.William Faulkner, Requiem for a NunThe zombie has become an everyday locus of the operations of biopower in contemporary culture: the non- or ex-human enemy that it is always necessary to kill for the good of the species, without...
Letters/Response to David Ketterer's Letter to Extrapolation (1 Aug. 2015)
Dear Dr Levy,In the previous scholarship endnote 2 of Chad Andrews' excellent essay "Technomilitary Fantasy in the 1980s: Military Sf, David Drake, and the Discourse of Intrumentality" (Extrapolation 56.2 [Summer 2015]: 139-168), he omits reference to...
Misreading Brave New World
In "Where to Transhumanism: The Literature Reaches a Critical Mass," ethics professor Nicholas Agar claims that transhumanists view four thinkers as enemies: "Leon Kass, Francis Fukuyama, Bill McKibben, and Jeremy Rifken" (12). Agar's examination reduces...
Reversals and Paradoxes: China Miéville's Anti-Language
It may seem peculiar at first to propose that we can learn more about human language by studying the communicative systems of other animals; but a moment's reflection is enough to show that we can only know what a thing is by also knowing what it is...
The Shape of Utopia: Studies in a Literary Genre
Utopia and After. Robert C. Elliott. The Shape of Utopia: Studies in a Literary Genre (1970). Bern: Peter Lang, 2013. 140 pp. ISBN 9783034307727. $51.95 pbk.Reviewed by Adam WelsteadRobert C. Elliott's The Shape of Utopia ambitiously identifies and addresses...
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