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Red Planets: Marxism and Science Fiction

Issue No. 2169

Science fiction and socialists have always had a relationship that derives from our shared desire to discuss possible futures.

Often this has centred on utopias and a glimpse of what might be possible in a world liberated from capitalism and alienation. This can be seen as a reflection, or an implicit criticism, of the world that exists now.

Red Planets is a serious collection of articles that provide an introduction to Marxist cultural criticism of science fiction.

The book also gives a detailed examination of the politics of science fiction through essays that cover Hollywood films and the writing of Jules Verne, HG Wells and Philip K Dick.

Red Planets: Marxism and Science Fiction
Edited by Mark Bould and China Miéville
Pluto Press £19.99


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