Cityscapes of the Future: Urban Spaces in Science Fiction offers an examination of the central role played by urban spaces in science fictional narratives in various media forms from the literary to the ludic to the cinematic. Our contributors reflect on the ways diverse urban scenarios are central to the narratives’ science fictional imaginary and consider the pivotal roles cityscapes play in underscoring major thematic concerns, such as political struggles, social inequality and other cultural epistemologies. The chapters in the collection are divided into three sections examining the city and the body, cities of estrangement, and cities of the imagination.
Yael Maurer, Ph.D. (2009), Tel Aviv University, is a lecturer at the English and American Studies department at Tel Aviv University, Israel. She has published
The Science Fictional Dimensions of Salman Rushdie (2014) and articles on Hitchcock, Dickens and Philip Roth, among others. Meyrav Koren-Kuik is a doctoral candidate at the Porter School of Cultural Studies, Tel Aviv University. Her main research areas are Victorian literature, and Science Fiction.
Table of contents
AcknowledgementsNotes on ContributorsIntroductionMeyrav Koren-Kuik and Yael Maurer
Part 1: The City and the Body
Urban Twinship: The Body of the Futuristic City in Jeff VanderMeer’s Veniss UndergroundInbar KaminskyPast Future Cityscapes: Narratives of the Post-Human in Post-Urban EnvironmentsEduardo Barros-GrelaArchitecture of Punishment: Dystopian Cities Marking the BodyElsa Bouet
Part 2: Cities of Estrangement
Time Travel, Dystopia, and the Manhattan Skyscraper in George Allan England’s The Last New Yorkers and Murray Leinster’s “The Runaway Skyscraper”Rosalind FurslandWires are the New Filth: The Rebirth of Dickens’ London in CyberspaceKeith Daniel HarrisCity of Lights No More: Dystopian Paris in French Science FictionHenri-Simon Blanc-HoangSpatiality in the Cyber-World of William GibsonImola Bülgözdi
Part 3: Cities of Imagination
“Divided Against Itself”: Dual Urban ChronotopesElana GomelExperiencing the Cityscapes and Rural Landscapes as ‘Citizens’ of The Hunger Games StoryworldNatalie Krikowa‘Final Men’, Racialised Fears & the Control of Monstrous Cityscapes in Post-Apocalyptic Hollywood FilmsGlen DonnarImagination Reloaded: Transfiguring Urban Space into Virtual Space in the
Series CapricaTorsten CaenersThe Dame Wore Skyscrapers: The Science-Fictional City as a Detective StoryShawn Edrei
The book is geared towards an academic audience but would also be of interest to a non-academic audience interested in science fiction as a crucial mode which has become the central cultural representative of our time.