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Transmodern Reconfigurations of Territoriality, Defense, and Cultural Awareness in Ken MacLeod’s Cosmonaut Keep

Centro Universitario de la Defensa Zaragoza, Zaragoza 50090, Spain
Societies 2018, 8(4), 103; https://doi.org/10.3390/soc8040103
Received: 5 September 2018 / Revised: 9 October 2018 / Accepted: 17 October 2018 / Published: 19 October 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Representations of Transmodern War Contexts in English Literature)
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This paper focuses on the science fiction (SF) novel Cosmonaut Keep (2000)—first in the trilogy Engines of Light, which also includes Dark Light (2001) and Engines of Light (2002)—by the Scottish writer Ken MacLeod, and analyzes from a transmodern perspective some future warfare aspects related to forthcoming technological development, possible reconfigurations of territoriality in an expanding cluster of civilizations travelling and trading across distant solar systems, expanded cultural awareness, and space ecoconsciousness. It is my argument that MacLeod’s novel brings Transmodernism, which is characterized by a “planetary vision” in which human beings sense that we are interdependent, vulnerable, and responsible, into the future. Hereby, MacLeod’s work expands the original conceptualization of the term “Transmodernism” as defined by Rodríguez Magda, and explores possible future outcomes, showing a unique awareness of the fact that technological processes are always linked to political and power-related uses. View Full-Text
Keywords: cultural awareness; future warfare; globalization; Fifth-Generation War; intergalactic territoriality; planetary civilizations; SF; space ecoconsciousness; speculative fiction; technological development; transmodernism cultural awareness; future warfare; globalization; Fifth-Generation War; intergalactic territoriality; planetary civilizations; SF; space ecoconsciousness; speculative fiction; technological development; transmodernism
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Aliaga-Lavrijsen, J. Transmodern Reconfigurations of Territoriality, Defense, and Cultural Awareness in Ken MacLeod’s Cosmonaut Keep. Societies 2018, 8, 103.

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