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Demand the Impossible

Science Fiction and the Utopian Imagination

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Tom Moylan

Although published in 1986, Demand the Impossible was written from inside the oppositional political culture of the 1970s. Reading works by Joanna Russ, Ursula K. Le Guin, Marge Piercy, and Samuel R. Delany as indicative texts in the intertext of utopian science fiction, Tom Moylan originated the concept of the «critical utopia» as both a periodizing and conceptual tool for capturing the creative and critical capabilities of the utopian imagination and utopian agency. This Ralahine Classics edition includes the original text along with a new essay by Moylan (on Aldous Huxley’s Island) and a set of reflections on the book by leading utopian and science fiction scholars.

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1968 xi, 9, 21, 29, 105–6, 224, 263, 269 Abensour, M. H. xix, 5, 258–9 activism xiii, xv, 10, 46, 48–50, 61, 71, 76–9, 90, 101, 104–6, 108–9, 112–16, 118–19, 131, 139–40, 146, 155, 165–6, 177–9, 182, 188, 195–6, 201, 233, 236, 248, 251, 255, 259, 265, 287n, 288 Adorno, Theodor W. 25, 218, 225–6 affirmative culture 1, 16, 24, 41, 189, 200 agency xv, xvii, xix, 32, 36, 215–16, 221–2, 248, 260, 262, 285 Albert, Michael and Robin Hahnel 189 Aldiss, Brian 237 alternative society xvi, xvii, 34, 36–7, 42–4, 60, 62, 132, 154, 170, 184, 219, 271 Althusser, Louis 17–18, 20, 277 Always Coming Home 232n, 280 Amazing Tales 41 America as Utopia 19, 47, 91 American Shore, The 150 Amis, Kingsley 36 And Chaos Died 56 Annas, Pamela J. 58, 116, 299n anti-anti-utopia 225–6, 279 anti-hegemonic bloc 11, 26–7, 198–9 Arcadia 3, 74, 121, 151–2 Aristotle 223 Arnold, Matthew 224 Aronowitz, Stanley xiii, 26, 197–201, 266, 277, 305n art 22, 24–5, 67, 94, 125, 145, 171, 177–8, 185, 196 artificial negativity 89, 92 Asimov, Isaav 237–8 Astounding 152 Atwood, Margaret xxiii, 222, 238–40, 270, 284 Auden, W. H. 151 Augustine 22 Aurora: Beyond Equality 57 Babel-17 150 Baccolini, Raffaella xii, 239–40, 274, 285 Balasopoulos, Antonis 284 Balbus, Isaac D. 305n Ballad of Beta-2, The 150 Ballard, J. G. 237...

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