Landscape and the Science Fiction Imaginary

John Timberlake

Landscape and the Science Fiction Imaginary

John Timberlake

Distributed for Intellect Ltd

250 pages | 14 color plates, 6 halftones | 7 x 9 | © 2018
Paper $28.50 ISBN: 9781783208609 Will Publish May 2018
There has been plenty of scholarship on science fiction over the decades, but it has left one crucial aspect of the genre all but unanalyzed: the visual. Ambitious and original, Landscape and the Science Fiction Imaginary corrects that oversight, making a powerful argument for science fiction as a visual cultural discourse. Taking influential historical works of visual art as starting points, along with illustrations, movie matte paintings, documentaries, artist’s impressions, and digital environments, John Timberlake focuses on the notion of science fiction as an “imaginary topos,” one that draws principally on the intersection between landscape and historical/prehistorical time. Richly illustrated, this book will appeal to scholars, students, and fans of science fiction and the remarkable visual culture that surrounds it.
Contents
Introduction
 
Chapter 1:
Land of the Giants: Size and Scale, Macroscopy and Microscopy in the Landscapes of Science Fiction
 
Chapter 2:
A Game in the Ruins: Landscape and Virtual Realities
 
Chapter 3:
Blasted Heaths and Turbulent Energies: Chris Foss’s Accelerated Dream of Wessex
 
Chapter 4:
An Unforgiveable Composure: The Apocalyptic Imaginary Since Yosuke Yamahata’s Nagasaki
 
Chapter 5:
‘Suppositional Realism’ and the Fictions of Science: The Astronomical Landscapes of Pavel Klushantsev and Chesley Bonestell and Their Legacy
 
Chapter 6:
Beyond the Periphery: Desert and Darkness
 
Conclusion: Where Otherwise Nothing Has Changed
 
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