Scotland as Science Fiction

Caroline McCracken-Flesher (Ed.)

197 pages
ISBN 1611483741

Out of the mainstream, but ahead of the tide, that is Scottish Science Fiction. Science Fiction emphasizes "progress" through technology, advanced mental states, or future times. How does Scotland, often considered a land of the past, lead in Science Fiction? "Left behind" by international politics, Scots have cultivated alternate places and different times as sites of identity so that Scotland can seem a futuristic fiction itself.

This book explores the tensions between science and a particular society that produce an innovative science fiction. Essays consider Scottish thermodynamics, Celtic myth, the rigors of religious "conversion," Scotland's fractured politics yet civil society, the country's languages of alterity (Scots, Gaelic, allegory, poetry), and the lure of the future. From Peter Pan and Dr. Jekyll to the poetry of Edwin Morgan and the worlds of Muriel Spark, Ken MacLeod, or Iain M. Banks, Scotland's creative complex yields a literature that models the future for Science Fiction.

Contributors: John Corbett, Cairns Craig, Ian Duncan, John Garrison, Lisa Harrison, J. Derrick McClure, Caroline McCracken-Flesher, Gavin Miller, Alison Phipps, Alan Riach, Carla Sassi, Matthew Wickman.


"This provocative study meets the challenge head-on."
--J. Walker, CHOICE, May 2012.

"This collection presents Scottish Science fiction not as a discourse generated from a past/future dichotomy but as a method of focusing 'on the possibilities generated at the margins between and in the alternate spaces that slip beyond these too-easy oppositions.' Each essay stands alone as a coherent work. Overall, McCracken-Flesher's collection would appeal particularly to a genre specialist, especially considering the book's mingling of Scottish cultural heritage with the futuristic, progressive elements of science fiction."
--Amber N. Slaven, Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, (2012)

About the editor:

Caroline McCracken-Flesher is Professor of English at University of Wyoming.


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