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Acknowledgments Permissions Introduction. Dystopia and Histories RAFFAELLA BACCOLINI AND TOM MOYLAN 1. Utopia in Dark Times: Optimism/ Pessimism and Utopia/Dystopia RUTH LEVITAS AND LUCY SARGISSON 2. Genre Blending and the Critical Dystopia JANE DONAWERTH 3. The Writing of Utopia and the Feminist Critical Dystopia: Suzy McKee Charnas's Holdfast Series ILDNEY CAVALCANTI 4. Cyberpunk and Dystopia: Pat Cadigan's Networks DAVID SEED 5. Posthuman Bodies and Agency in Octavia Butler's Xenogenesis NAOMI JACOBS 6. "A useful knowledge of the present is rooted in the past": Memory and Historical Reconciliation in Ursula K. Le Guin's The Telling RAFFAELLA BACCOLINI 7. "The moment is here... and it's important": State, Agency, and Dystopia in Kim Stanley Robinson's Antarctica and Ursula K. Le Guin's The Telling TOM MOYLAN 8. Unmasking the Real? Critique and Utopia in Recent SF Films PETER FITTING 9. Where the Prospective Horizon Is Omitted: Naturalism and Dystopia in Fight Club and Ghost Dog PHILLIP E. WEGNER 10. Theses on Dystopia 2001 DARKO SUVIN 11. Concrete Dystopia: Slavery and Its Others MARIA VARSAM 12. The Problem of the "Flawed Utopia": A Note on the Costs of Eutopia LYMAN TOWER SARGENT Conclusion. Critical Dystopia and Possibilities RAFFAELLA BACCOLINI AND TOM MOYLAN Notes on Contributors IndexLibrary of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Science fiction, American History and criticism, Science fiction, English History and criticism, Science fiction films History and criticism, Utopias in literature, Utopias English-speaking countries