Cityscapes of the Future

Urban Spaces in Science Fiction


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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.

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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.
“This collection is a good addition to the discourse of understanding how setting, especially urban setting, plays an important role in how we experience sf narratives”
- Alison Fraser, Trent University, Canada in Science Fiction Studies, Vol. 47.1 2020 pp. 137-140
Acknowledgements Notes on Contributors IntroductionMeyrav 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 Kaminsky Past Future Cityscapes: Narratives of the Post-Human in Post-Urban EnvironmentsEduardo Barros-Grela Architecture 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 Fursland Wires are the New Filth: The Rebirth of Dickens’ London in CyberspaceKeith Daniel Harris City of Lights No More: Dystopian Paris in French Science FictionHenri-Simon Blanc-Hoang Spatiality in the Cyber-World of William GibsonImola Bülgözdi

Part 3: Cities of Imagination

“Divided Against Itself”: Dual Urban ChronotopesElana Gomel Experiencing 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 Donnar Imagination Reloaded: Transfiguring Urban Space into Virtual Space in the tv Series CapricaTorsten Caeners The 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.
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