Changing the Climate: Utopia, Dystopia and Catastrophe

Changing the Climate: Utopia, Dystopia and Catastrophe

Changing the Climate explores nature and environment, power and society, narrative and image in meditations on ecology, ecocriticism, science and speculative fiction, film and contemporary art. With a chapter by Kim Stanley Robinson.

Published by Arena, 2011.
Edited by Andrew Milner, Simon Sellars and Verity Burgmann.
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Kim Stanley Robinson, Tom Moylan, Chris Palmer, Kate Rigby, Tamara Prosic, Rupert Read, John Clute, David Farnell, Anne Maxwell, Jennifer A. Wagner-Lawlor, Linda Williams, Gord Sellar, Lauren Bliss, Laura McLean, Andrew Milner, Simon Sellars, Verity Burgmann.


‘Introduction: Changing the Climate’ Andrew Milner

Part I: Science in the Capital

  • ‘Remarks on Utopia in the Age of Climate Change’ Kym Stanley Robinson
  • ‘N-H-N: Kim Stanley Robinson’s Dialectics of Ecology’ Tom Moylan
  • ‘Free Exchange and Dark Secrecy in the Capital’ Chris Palmer

Part II: Imagining Catastrophe

  • ‘Imagining Catastrophe: Utopia and Dystopia in a Warming World’ Kate Rigby
  • ‘The Ecotopian Modelbuilding of Australian Climate Change Intellectuals’ Verity Burgmann
  • ‘Of Bodies and Souls: Ecology and Orthodox Christianity’ Tamara Prosic
  • ‘Care, Love and Our Responsibility to the Future’ Rupert Read

Part III: Writing Catastrophe

  • ‘Truth is Consequence’ John Clute
  • ‘Unlikely Utopians: Ecotopian Dreaming in H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Shadow over Innsmouth” and Octavia Butler’s Lilith’s Brood‘ David Farnell
  • ‘”Remember the Voices of the Trees”: The Turn from Technology in Kate Wilhelm’s Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang‘ Anne Maxwell
  • ‘Doomed by Hope: Environmental Disaster and the “Structured Ignorance” of Risk in Margaret Atwood’s Speculative Fiction’ Jennifer A. Wagner-Lawlor

Part IV: Visualizing Catastrophe

  • ‘Shadows of the Holocene: Transfigurations of the Nonhuman World in Science Fiction Film’ Linda Williams
  • ‘Politics and Ecology on the Korean Left: AntiAmericanism and Environmental Dystopia in The Host’ Gord Sellar
  • ‘Figures of Extraterrestrials in Film: A Threat to Utopia’ Lauren Bliss
  • ‘Futurism Now: Structure and Process in Contemporary Art’ Laura McLean

‘Afterword: Changed by the Climate’ Simon Sellars

Notes on Contributors