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Michael Freeman

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199272235

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199272235.001.0001

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Science Fiction as a World Tribunal

Science Fiction as a World Tribunal

Chapter:
(p.520) Science Fiction as a World Tribunal
Source:
Law and Popular Culture
Author(s):

Wai Chee Dimock

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199272235.003.0030

This chapter compares world tribunal with science fiction. It describes science fiction as as fiction that has one leg in the real world that conforms more or less to people's expectations and the other leg off into a space-time that is in no way an extension of the world as we know it. It highlights the elimination of the traditional dividing line between the legal and the extra-legal and the exercise of justice more and more as a political category.

Keywords:   world tribunal, science fiction, extra-legal, law, justice, political category

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