Science Fiction, Utopian Studies

New publication: Shockwaves of Possibility

Shockwaves of Possibility explores the deep utopianism of one of the most significant modern cultural practices: science fiction. The author contends that utopianism is not simply a motif in SF, but rather is fundamental to its narrative dynamics. Drawing upon a rich array of theory and criticism in SF and utopian studies, the book opens… Continue reading New publication: Shockwaves of Possibility

Literary criticism, Review, Utopian Studies

Review of Forecasts of the Past

Forecasts of the Past: Globalisation, History, Realism, Utopia by Dougal McNeill is reviewed on the Socialist Alternative website. Click here for the review. Whatever happened to realism? What form is adequate to representing our moment, situated as we are after the end of 'the end of History'? In the face of youth revolts and workers'… Continue reading Review of Forecasts of the Past

Utopian Studies

Weak Messianism

This volume explores the connection between two phenomena usually thought to be utterly incongruous, even antithetical: 'utopia' and 'everyday life'. It presents a series of essays, written over the last twenty years, which rethink the nature and prospects of utopianism in a world that has grown increasingly sceptical as to the possibility of systemic socio-political… Continue reading Weak Messianism

Literary criticism, New book

Forecasts of the Past

In a great new title Dougal McNeill, Forecasts of the Past: Globalisation, History, Realism, Utopia, expands on what realism means for the generation living at Fukuyama's end of History. Whatever happened to realism? What form is adequate to representing our moment, situated as we are after the end of 'the end of History'? In the… Continue reading Forecasts of the Past