'Forget the Twentieth Century': Dystopia and Regression in Julian Comstock

Jim Clarke

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Robert Charles Wilson's 2009 novel Julian Comstock is set in a 22nd century America which has suffered the collapse of the cheap oil economy, a widespread population die-off and a resulting resurgence in fundamentalist Christanity. Superficially, this places the novel within a lineage of postapocalyptic SF which posits the onset of theocratic fascism. In this article, however, I argue that, due to its complex narratology which conflates dystopia and regression, Julian Comstock
may challenge received understandings of the entire SF genre.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEmerging Perspectives
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2014


  • Dystopia
  • Science fiction
  • Emperor Julian
  • Robert Charles Wilson


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