TITLE

Dystopian Visions and Utopian Anticipations: Terry Bisson's Pirates of the Universe as Critical Dystopia

AUTHOR(S)
Stillman, Peter G.
PUB. DATE
November 2001
SOURCE
Science Fiction Studies;Nov2001, Vol. 28 Issue 3, p365
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Literary Criticism
ABSTRACT
This article examines the interplay of dystopian and utopian themes in Terry Bisson's "Pirates of the Universe," utilizing Tom Moylan's concept of "critical dystopia." In the novel, Bisson maps out a number of discontinuous dystopias in a near-future US marked by rampant capitalist enterprise, out-of-control bio-technology, ecological decay, and a weak central state. These dystopias generally produce citizens with fragmented personal experiences, disinterest in social issues, and limited aspirations. Towards the end of the novel, when free and clean energy becomes available to all, Bisson explores continuing dystopian trends, articulates utopian possibilities, and emphasizes the importance of individual and collective imagination for choosing among alternatives.
ACCESSION #
5582384

 

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