Antianthropocentrism and Science Fiction Part II: After World War II and into the Twenty-First Century
This chapter continues the survey of selected sf writers who interrogate and/or reject outright an anthropocentric viewpoint. By working in a speculative realm, these writers operate in ways unavailable to realists. Among the writers I discuss are George R. Stewart, J.G. Ballard, and Ursula K. Le Guin. I conclude the chapter with a discussion of the MaddAddam novels of Margaret Atwood and Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. These novels (as well as many of those discussed in this and all my previous chapters) are, I argue, less predictive or merely pessimistic than rhetorical warnings for us to reexamine our hubris and our anthropocentric assumptions about the world.