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Utopia/ Dystopia

When I started my inquiry into Utopia, it was to be focused on the images the West imagined the future Utopia to be. But the hoped-for fantasy of perfection didn’t materialized, and “all the dreams turned into nightmares”. My Utopian work dealt specifically with space and the science-fiction aspects of the future, especially technology. Social concerns I did not address, as the beliefs of the time assumed a perfectly happy and integrated society with the technology of the future.

However, my concerns seem to have moved towards an appraisal of the dystopian traits within sci-fi, especially of the later texts which reject the naïve optimism of the sixties.