Biopunk Dystopias: Genetic Engineering, Society and Science Fiction
Biopunk makes use of current posthumanist conceptions in order to criticize contemporary reality as already dystopian, warning that a future will only get worse, and that society needs to reverse its path, or else destroy all life on this planet.
In his book Biopunk Dystopia: Genetic Engineering, Society and Science Fiction, published in 2017 by Liverpool University Press, Lars Schmeink contends that we find ourselves at a historical nexus, defined by the rise of biology as the driving force of scientific progress, a strongly grown mainstream attention given to genetic engineering in the wake of the Human Genome Project (1990-2003), the changing sociological view of a liquid modern society, and shifting discourses on the posthuman, including a critical posthumanism that decenters the privileged subject of humanism. Schmeink argues that this historical nexus produces a specific cultural formation in the form of “biopunk”, a subgenre evolved from the cyberpunk of the 1980s.
Lars Schmeink is Professor of Media Studies at the Institut für Kultur- und Medienmanagement of the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg and the editor of Collision of Realities: Establishing Research on the Fantastic in Europe (De Gruyter, 2012).
Schmeink, L. (2017). Biopunk Dystopias. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press. Retrieved February 13, 2020, from https://openresearchlibrary.org