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Survival: Mars Fiction and Experiments with Life on Earth
Philosophy and History, KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History of Technology, History of Science, Technology and Environment.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0866-0487
2017 (English)In: Environmental Philosophy, ISSN 1718-0918Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper explores examples of Mars fiction of “terraforming”—of creating Earth-like environments in space—against the background of the Earth’s environmental degradation and restoration. Visions of Mars settlement offered an escape route for a threatened humanity and a blueprint for the eco-technological recreation of the Earth’s environment. This paper aims to outline the Anthropocene as an epoch that not only compromised the Earth but also essentially transformed the understanding of Earthly life to a minimalist principle of survival through infinite metabolic conversions. This understanding of immortality conjoined images of recreation and creation, of paradisiacal pasts and eco-technological futures.

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Philosophy Documentation Center , 2017.
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Mars, Earth, terraforming, Anthropocene
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History of Technology
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History of Science, Technology and Environment
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-205233DOI: 10.5840/envirophil201731646OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-205233DiVA: diva2:1088006
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Available from: 2017-04-10 Created: 2017-04-10 Last updated: 2017-04-19Bibliographically approved

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