Special Feature: Envisioning Sustainable Transitions
Collection launched: 01 Nov 2016
Guest Editor: Kate O’Neill, University of California at Berkeley
Guest Editor: Alastair Iles, University of California at Berkeley
Guest Editor: D.G. Webster, Dartmouth
Envisioning sustainable transitions: Insights and challenges from science fiction.
From richly-drawn ecotopian visions to prophecies of large-scale ecological collapse, speculative fiction offers fresh insights and powerful visions related to sustainability transitions. Rooted in deep truths about human nature, this genre shows us how the choices we make today shape the best and the worst features of our common future. The papers in this special feature delve into this “last great literature of ideas” (Thompson, 2008) to see what the tradition has to teach about the planet’s present environmental condition, our many alternative paths, and the kinds of actions that make transitioning to sustainability more likely.
Thompson, C. (2008). Clive Thompson on Why Sci-Fi Is the Last Bastion of Philosophical Writing. Wired
We welcome submissions of research papers and commentaries to this Special Feature.
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Scape goats, silver bullets, and other pitfalls in the path to sustainability
D. G. Webster
Imaginary politics: Climate change and making the future
Eco-utopia or eco-catastrophe? Imagining California as an ecological utopia
Ronnie D. Lipschutz