Landscape and the Science Fiction Imaginary

Timberlake, John ORCID logoORCID: (2018) Landscape and the Science Fiction Imaginary. Intellect / University of Chicago Press, Bristol / Chicago. ISBN 9781783208609, e-ISBN 9781783208616, e-ISBN 9781783208623. [Book]


There has been plenty of scholarship on science fiction over the decades, but it has left one crucial aspect of the genre all but unanalysed: the visual. Ambitious and original, Landscape and the Science Fiction Imaginary corrects that oversight, making a powerful argument for science fiction as a visual cultural discourse. Taking influential historical works of visual art as starting points, along with illustrations, movie matte paintings, documentaries, artist’s impressions and digital environments, John Timberlake focuses on the notion of science fiction as an 'imaginary topos', one that draws principally on the intersection between landscape and historical/prehistorical time. Richly illustrated, this book will appeal to scholars, students, and fans of science fiction and the remarkable visual culture that surrounds it.

Item Type: Book
Additional Information: Reviews of this book can be found in:
- Foundation The International Review of Science Fiction, Issue 131, ISSN 0306-4964 by Dr Chris Pak of Swansea University
- Science Fiction Research Association Review 50/1 Winter 2020 issue, pp 99-101: by Dr Patrick Whitmarsh, Lecturer in History and Literature, Harvard University

An edited extract from this book's introduction, pp 13,14,16,17 has been published in : Science Fiction, Edited by Dan Byrne-Smith, MIT Press Ltd, ISBN: 9780262538855
Research Areas: A. > School of Art and Design > Visual Arts
Item ID: 23410
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Depositing User: John Timberlake
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2018 15:54
Last Modified: 29 Mar 2021 14:56

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