Science Fiction, New Space Opera, and Neoliberal Globalism

Nostalgia for Infinity

Jerome Winter

Science Fiction, New Space Opera, and Neoliberal Globalism

Jerome Winter

Distributed for University of Wales Press

256 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Cloth $125.00 ISBN: 9781783169443 Published February 2017 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
New Space Opera is a recent subgenre within science fiction that displays a canny engagement with contemporary cultural politics in the age of globalization. This book offers close readings of the evolving canon of the genre to show how its complex political allegories can be seen as a response to the powerful contemporary ideology of neoliberalism and its championing of free-market ideas. A timely look at a branch of science fiction that is deeply engaged with the problems of the present even as it casts its eye to far futures, Science Fiction, New Space Opera, and Neoliberal Globalism offers readers and scholars alike a chance to appreciate a thriving area of popular literature.
 
Review Quotes
Rob Latham, Editor of The Oxford Handbook of Science Fiction
“This first book-length study of the ‘Space Opera Renaissance’ in contemporary science-fiction is a superb contribution to the field. Deeply researched, with an impressive command of cutting-edge theories of globalization and cosmopolitanism, Winter’s book offers incisive critical analyses of a wide range of American, British, and Caribbean space operas, focusing on issues of race, gender, class, and neo/postcolonialism. Winter’s readings are unfailingly exciting, conveying both the genre’s galaxy-spanning ‘sense of wonder’ and its potent engagement with crucial issues of political and social moment.”
 
Sherryl Vint, University of California Riverside
“An important intervention in our understanding of science fiction in the context of globalization and popular culture, Science Fiction, New Space Opera, and Neoliberal Globalism offers a provocative framework for thinking through the interpenetration of colonial ideology and popular culture through the lens of transnational postcolonial theory. An essential read for those interested in the history and futures of science fiction.”    
 
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