Saturday, October 17, 2009

Red planets: Marxism, SF and Noam Chomsky

Michael Froggatt of Strange Horizons has an interesting review of a new nonfiction book entitled Red Planets: Marxism and Science Fiction (Pluto Press, July 2009), edited by Mark Bould and China Mieville. Although the review mentions Kim Stanley Robinson’s novel Blue Mars (1996), Froggart concludes that it “seems likely that this volume [Red Planets] will remain more at home in the seminar rooms of cultural studies departments than on the bookshelves of interested lay-persons.”

Reminds me of “The Journalist from Mars,” a speech given in 2002 by linguist and political activist Noam Chomsky about his conspiracy theory of media control: How would an intelligent male Martian who went to Harvard University and Columbia Journalism School report the War on Terror to his readers back on the Red Planet?

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