Utopian Studies 29 (1):21 (2018)

American weird fiction writer H. P. Lovecraft and British science fiction writer Olaf Stapledon are antithetical in many ways, from their educational experiences to their politics, yet both imagined alien societies as utopias whose order, stability, and destiny are predicated on the eugenically altered physiologies of their citizens. While Stapledon’s focus on eugenics as a key means for achieving planetary utopia during the interwar period is well known, Lovecraft’s worldview is generally understood to be dysgenic and dystopian in its obsession with perceived threats of racial degeneration and cultural decadence. Nevertheless, Lovecraft’s most extensive and sympathetic depiction of an...
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