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Utopias for a Dying World

Contemporary German Science Fiction's- Plea for a New Ecological Awareness

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Amy Stapleton

The ecosystems upon which human life depends for its existence are rapidly collapsing. This book confronts that frightening realization and explores the philosophical basis for a new ecological awareness (in German the Bewußtseinswandel) which could prevent modern technological civilization from destroying itself and the world. Contemporary works of German science fiction, from both the West and the former GDR, are examined for their ability to help initiate this lifesaving new perspective.
Contents: Theories of ecological awarness are presented. Literature's ability to initiate such an awareness is examined in negative, positive, and uncertain utopian works of German science fiction.