Topic outline

  • General

  • Introduction


    Carl Freedman, “Definitions”

    China Miéville, “Cognition as Ideology: A Dialectic of SF Theory”

    Darko Suvin, “On Communism, Science Fiction, and Utopia: The Blagoevgrad Theses”

  • Ursula K. Le Guin, Always Coming Home


    Darko Suvin, “Of Starship Troopers and Refuseniks: War and Militarism in U.S. Science Fiction, Part 2”

    David Harvey, “Marxism, Metaphors and Ecological Politics” (

    Ursula K. Le Guin, Always Coming Home


    Stephanie Rogers and Ursula K. Le Guin. "Interview with Ursula K. Le Guin"

    Lisa Garforth, “Green Utopias: Beyond Apocalypse, Progress, and Pastoral”

  • Marge Piercy, He, She and It


    Donna Haraway, “A Manifesto for Cyborgs”

    Marge Piercy, He, She and It


    Sarah Franklin and Donna Haraway, "Staying with the Manifesto"

    Terry Bisson and Marge Piercy, “Living off the Grid: Marge Piercy Interviewed by Terry Bisson”

    Tom Moylan, “Marge Piercy's Tale of Hope”

  • Selected Poetry by Ursula K. Le Guin and Marge Piercy


    Ursula K. Le Guin, selected poetry

    Marge Piercy, selected poetry


    Deidre Byrne, “What is Not Owned: Feminist Strategies in Ursula K. Le Guin's Poetry”

    Marge Piercy, “Why Speculate on the Future?” and “Port Huron Conference Statement”

  • Selected Poetry by Darko Suvin and Ken MacLeod


    Darko Suvin, selected poetry

    Ken MacLeod, selected poetry


    Darko Suvin, “What and How Are Poets for in Our Age of Want: Cognition, Emancipation, Communism”

    Zorica Ðergović-Joksimović, “The Poetry of Estrangement or Utopia Suviniana”

  • Nalo Hopkinson, Brown Girl in the Ring


    Silvia Federici, “The Body, Capitalism, and the Reproduction of Labor Power”

    bell hooks, “The Politics of Greed”

    Nalo Hopkinson, Brown Girl in the Ring


    Terry Bisson and Nalo Hopkinson, “Correcting the Balance: Nalo Hopkinson Interviewed by Terry Bisson”

    Nalo Hopkinson, “Report from Planet Midnight”

    Sarah Wood, “'Serving the Spirits': Emergent Identities in Nalo Hopkinson's Brown Girl in the Ring

  • Fredric Jameson, An American Utopia: Dual Power and the Universal Army


    Fredric Jameson, “An American Utopia” and “An American Utopia: Epilogue”


    Jodi Dean, “Dual Power Redux”

    Kathi Weeks, “Utopian Therapy: Work, Nonwork, and the Political Imagination”

    Slavoj Žižek, “The Seeds of Imagination”

  • Kim Stanely Robinson, New York 2140


    Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri, “Empire, Twenty Years On”

    Kim Stanley Robinson, New York 2140


    Andrew Milner and J.R. Burgmann, “A Short Pre-History of Climate Fiction”

    Terry Bisson and Kim Stanley Robinson, “A Real Joy to Be Had: Kim Stanley Robinson Interviewed by Terry Bisson”

    Raphael Kabo, "'Life! Life!': The Precarious Utopianism of Kim Stanley Robinson's New York 2140"